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It's tomato harvest time (finally) here at the eJ homestead in Northern California.  We're in the coastal zone, so tomato production is a bit iffy.  Cool summers, fog. . . not ideal.  But many of us try, year after year.
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Follow me below the orange tomato vines-thingie.
But this news just in:
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Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

Confession: I probably have no business writing about tomatoes at all.  I can't even remember from day to day how to spell the plural of the darn things!  Tomatos?   Tomatoes? (Thank you, spellcheck.)  Or whether they are fruit or vegetables.*

I wish I had some beautiful raised beds for my hobby farm
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But, sadly, no.

I wish I had production like this here at eJ Acres
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Again, sadly, no.

It would be much cheaper for me to just go buy my tomatoes, given how much money I (probably; I don't add it up, to preserve my sanity) spend on: the plants, organic soil, fertilizer, pots, tomato cages, water, time and energy.
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I'm glad I'm not alone in this gardening madness.  There was this "misery-loves-company" read from a few years ago to make me feel, well, not crazy all alone.

"The $64 Tomato"

The argument that home grown tomatoes taste better than store-bought ones is a great excuse for this uneconomical activity. . . but the rise of farmers' markets quashes the logic a bit.  Still, I probably will do it all over again next year!

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* Actually no less a body than the US Supreme Court decided the answer in the late 19th century.
Tomatoes: fruit or veggies?

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