August 3, 2010
The brandywine tomato vines are healthy looking and laden with tomatoes. So far there have been no ripe ones to pick but that is to be expected with the recent weather. At temperatures of 85ºF of which we have had an extended period of time the ripening process for tomatoes stops. The lycopene and carotene that gives the beautiful red colouration isn't produced so the tomatoes take on a yellowish green colour. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do about this problem other than wait for the temperatures to come back down to normal where ripening will resume. This really has been a year of battling the weather. I'm hoping things will settle down for a good crop in the fall!