Sunday, July 12, 2009

Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter

Radiator Charlie lived in West Virginia during the 1930's. He was a radiator repairman by trade, but a tomato breeder extraordinaire by right. He only developed one tomato in his life, but the plants sold so well he used the proceeds to pay off his home mortgage during the tough economic times of The Great Depression. With a story like that, Scott and I had to try these heirloom tomatoes in our garden, and we must say...they lived up to the hype.
I don't think I've ever had a better sandwich tomato in my life! And I say that having eaten about 10 excellent tomato sandwiches in the past week. Mortgage Lifters are huge, spicy, beefy tomatoes that are low in acidity and high on flavor. We grew several other varieties, including Cherokee Purples (which were beautiful), but nothing of ours could compare to the Mortgage Lifter on taste. In the picture below, The Cherokee Purples are on the left with the bright red Mortgage Lifters stacked underneath. The purples were good, but a bit mild by comparison.

The tomato crop is almost done for this year, but we're still looking forward to winter squash, okra, peas, feed corn and planting the fall garden. Our last tomato harvest is shown below. Most of it ended up in a wonderful spaghetti sauce that we ate tonight. The peas in the picture are complements of our neighbor as ours aren't quite ready yet - thanks to the rabbits. He lives only a hundred yards away, yet hasn't suffered the rabbit issues we've experienced...and he doesn't have a fence like we do!!!! Silly rabbits, you may be next on our list of delicacies!

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