As I said in my tomato round-up, all the fruits on my brandywine tomato plant got eaten by pests just as they were getting ripe. So when the last two green brandywine tomatoes got big enough, I took inspiration from Katy of The Dirty Radish and built some makeshift cages around them. They started to ripen, and when I was out there on Tuesday I picked one and brought it home. To get just a little more blush on it, I put it into a paper bag with a fresh peach, figuring the peach would give off a little ethylene gas.
When the tomato was good and ripe, I sliced it up and topped it with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. It was totally delicious! I had really been close to giving up on the idea of growing big tomatoes, given my general lack of success this year. But this was so tasty that I think it would be worth trying again – with some anti-pest fortifications, of course. I need more than a tomato cage. I need a tomato fortress!