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Summer heatwave

Tomatoes - First Harvest

Hot summers are rare in Seattle. Located near the water, there is always a cool marine influence. This year it has been hot and dry! It happens. If it is going to get hot in Seattle - it will the last two weeks of July and beginning of August. I remember this happening more in the '70s and '80s. Hot sweaty nights where there is barely a breeze. It has been years since we have had a week of temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s. For once, I'm actually loving it.

It was very different growing up in the central valley of California. The heat can start as early as March although it usually really gets hot June - September. It can be long stretches of over 100 degree weather. I remember my mother standing over the stove wiping sweat as she cooked dinner. We did not have central heat but we did have tall ceilings to help disperse the heat. We installed three window air conditioners that we would turn on about 11am and we would 'close up the house' - basically close off several rooms to keep it cool in the main living areas. In the evenings - if we were lucky - a marine breeze would flow off the delta and bring a breeze. We would open the window and let it cool off the house.

But it was also the time of bounty. We would take drives in the early evening into the country to buy the best peaches in the world. Sometimes a farmer would drive around and sell watermelons out of the back of his pick up. They were so sweet and juicy - just out of the hot fields. I definitely miss the great fruit.

The one good thing about the heat is our tomatoes are ripening. Yeah! We had our first tonight. We had a couple Stupice and a few Sungolds.

Tomatoes - First Harvest
Stupice - first to ripen

Comments (4)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, looks like the heat is everywhere on the west coast. It has been very hot and a little humid here too and I am bracing myself for the month of August when I consider it to be the hottest.

Great looking tomatos! You and Annie are so lucky to have fresh vegetables growing in your yard to cook with. These look really good. Thanks for sharing and glad you're enjoying the weather.

Barb Cabot:

lovely photos and yes indeed heatwaves everywhere.

What gorgeous tomatoes! I bet that first bite of the first just-picked tomato tasted heavenly. I hope it soon cools down a bit for everyone in the western states.


Marta, I LOVE sungolds!! They're like eating little drops of solid sunshine, aren't they? My mom has to order seeds from the US every year as none of the suppliers in Nova Scotia carry them. I can't get them to grow well, but she has this magical little garden built around a massive old rock that holds the sun's warmth and seems to extend the growing season in that corner of the garden. And the sungolds thrive there in abundance. They are especially delicious picked right off the vine while warm from the sun...mmmm!! Gorgeous photos, the colours are so vivid.

Hope your heatwave ends soon!

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