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The Great Tomato Harvest

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NORMAN, Okla. -- This year may turn out to be the best tomato crop that Oklahoma has seen in many years. The rain that came in April and May and the cool temperatures have all come together to make this year a great tomato year.

Usually, by July, the temperature is too hot for the tomato blooms to set. But this year we have 74-degree highs and the blooms are setting so we could have fresh tomatoes all though July and August.

And it is hard to do better than a fresh tomato sliced and placed between two pieces of bread, some bacon and lettuce and you have the ultimate summer joy, garden ripe tomatoes on a BLT. It does not get much better than that.

A very wise man told me that he ate whatever was in season to the extreme so that he would not be tempted to buy the same item out of season. A store bought tomato in December makes his case.

So my advice is this:  if you have not grown your own tomatoes, is to visit the farmer's markets often and load up on the fresh tomatoes. Eat them for breakfast with scrambled eggs, lunch, BLT, dinner , fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The possibilities are unlimited.

We may not see a crop of tomatoes like this for years, so make the most of the vegetable that was banned in this country for years.

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