What to Do With All Those Late Harvest Tomatoes?
Whether you grow your own tomatoes or buy them at Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, here are a few ways to ensure a steady supply of fresh tomatoes long after Jack Frost comes knocking. Some gardeners pull tomato plants up just before the frost and hang them upside down in a cool, well-ventilated area, like a garage or basement. The fruit will keep ripening. Others wrap the fruit in newspaper or put it in paper bags before storing the tomatoes in a cool dry place.
To freeze tomatoes: drop them whole into boiling water for 30 seconds and then plunge them into a bowl of ice water. The skins will slip off easily. Then put the tomatoes, whole or chopped, in airtight containers. Use sterilized Mason jars if canning is preferred.
Lastly, consider color when storing those late-harvest tomatoes. While yellow and green tomatoes may look spectacular in a summer salad, they will make for a rather unattractive sauce. Instead go for dark, ruby-red fruit for pretty and appetizing results.