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Gold Rush wins the tomato race in 2012

Currant tomatoIt turns out, I've been begging the wrong tomato plant to ripen up.  In the past, Stupice has been our first ripe tomato of the year, but we're trying out a new variety --- Gold Rush Currant --- and the tommy-toe looks like it's going to win the prize this year.  Maybe by the end of the week?  It will be a delicious shock if we eat our first tomato before the end of June!

Meanwhile, we chowed down on the first new potatoes and green beans.  Mix up my favorite green bean and potato salad and add in some chickpeas, cucumbers, and a storebought avocado, and you'll have a nearly homegrown feast!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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