There is no fruit or vegetable better, in my opinion, than a tomato nurtured and grown in the red shale soil of New Jersey.
Yes, other places grow tomatoes. Lots of 'em.
California, North Carolina, Mexico, Chile. Sure. They grow 'em. But they don't taste like ours.
Unfortunately, because we are a northern state with cold winters and late springs, we can only plant the seedlings in mid-May, perhaps pick the first by mid-July and enjoy them until the first week of October if we are lucky.
The first hard frost kills the plants completely.
We had our first hard frost yesterday.
Now, all the red globes of pure delight are shriveled and deceased.
No more baloney, mayo and tomato sandwiches on squishy white bread for me.
One of my English friends once told me she'd heard about Jersey tomatoes and thought they came from the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. I had to correct her misconception.
No tomato could possibly be better than those grown in the Garden State.
And now they're gone.