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I’M afraid to even say this out loud because I don’t want to jinx it. But a few weeks ago, at the very beginning of tomato season, I ate a perfect heirloom. The flesh was taut; the juices fragrant. It was the first excellent local tomato I’d eaten in a long time. And perhaps more shocking, the next day I ate another one.

After several less-than-stellar tomato seasons (late blight; biblical floods), it looks as if the New York area is finally in for a good crop this summer. Just go to your farmers’ market and behold the bounty, even before its late-August peak. Tomatoes of every shape, hue and size, from pea-size cherries to fat red beefsteaks, are waiting to be lunch.

“This is shaping up to be a classic tomato season,” said Bill Maxwell, owner of Maxwell’s Farm in Changewater, N.J. The first plantings have been extremely productive and fine-flavored, he told me. It turns out the oppressive heat that has been making subway riders miserable is actually beneficial if you’re a tomato. They like the hot weather, growing faster and sweeter because of it.

Another greenmarket vendor, Susie Dare of Cherry Lane Farms in Bridgeton, N.J., is jubilant. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but we are having a great tomato season,” she said. “Our plants just keep producing and producing.”

The prospects are just as good for backyard gardeners across the nation, as long as they remember to water often or have a drip irrigation system. Conditions vary from region to region, but generally, the most prevalent one, the crazy heat, is not a problem.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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