The end of October and I'm about out of tomatoes. Very sad! For me it marks the end of the summer garden and I know that winter is around the corner. We've enjoyed more tomatoes this year than we ever have in the past. I grew 16 tomato plants using 5 different varieties. These varieties are the ones I"ll alway grow. Lots of cherry tomatoes, several Roma types, and then a standard tomato variety.
One evening I went out to find that a few of my cherry tomatoes had fallen to the ground. When that happens I know they've been on the vine too long and are over ripe. At that point I began pulling them off the vine-from the bottom-to put in the freezer for the winter. We enjoy delicious pasta sauce for months with these tomatoes. There's little work and the taste-you would never know they were frozen. I simply don't have the time(or money)to put all of these up for storage.
One thing I learned this year about all the different types of tomatoes: cherry tomatoes are definitely king! Folks enjoy the regular and paste type of tomatoes, but one mouthful of pure sugar from these cherry tomatoes make a believer out of anyone. Last week I offered a handful of Sun Gold cherry tomatoes to a neighbor. "I'm not a tomato fan but our son is-I'll give them to him." She then tasted one to make sure she didn't like them: "Oh my! I've never tasted a tomato like this! What kind are these? It's like a mini-sugar explosion in your mouth!" I think she'll take all she can get next year.
Last point-don't let anyone tell you that you can't grow tomatoes in 1 square foot! I think it's the only way to do it.