Midsummer Harvest

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Health Kick Tomatoes

Despite being plagued by the dreaded Tomato Horn Worm (if you’ve ever grown tomatoes, you know how horrifying these beasts are), this summer has been a remarkably good one for my vegetable garden.

Like a lot of the country, Boston’s had a silly amount of rain this season. In fact, as I sat down to write just now, the sky darkened and it started to thunder.

My herbs (except the mint) aren’t looking too hot, but the veggies are positively thriving. I’ll definitely expand my veggie patch next year. I’d like to see if I could grow some heirloom varieties from seed.

Here’s what we picked this weekend.

These are Health Kick Tomatoes, which seem to be a cross between a plum tomato and something rounder, like a beefsteak. I’ll report in when they ripen and we taste them.

Here’s the rest of the produce. From left to right: Kentucky mint (awesome for mint juleps), Husky Cherry Tomatoes and Health Kick Tomatoes, hot peppers (green and red), and eggplant-colored bell peppers.

Plate of veggies

Anyone feel like a salad?

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.