I got home from vacation late Wednesday. Did I take my luggage inside? No. I went right to look at my tomatoes. Caroline came out to say hi while I was looking. She hadn't harvested any. She said they weren't ripe yet. Well actually there were some that were ripe. They just weren't red tomatoes. I had some chocolate cherry and some GabrielleAnn, which is orange. So it looked like they weren't quite ripe to an untrained eye, but they were.
A couple of others were starting to get close but weren't quite there yet.
Romeo surprised me. I had the impression that they got a lot bigger than they are now and that they would be later, but nope. It looks like the first one will come in before the Heinz which is an early determinant.
The tomato plants grew huge too. I cut a lot of branches off to keep them under control. I tried to keep the gates open for my neighbors to walk through. The cherry tomatoes in the above photo have topped the fence. I'm not sure how tall the fence is, but I'm guessing 6' which is way above the tops of their cages.
Then came the bad news. I've been checking the UMass Extension Service regularly for news to see if late blight is showing up again (in a normal year it hits in September). They found it in Hadley, Mass on a farm. I'm guessing it is only a matter of time now.