This week marks the beginning of one of Coralee & my favorite parts of summer: the ripening of our German Pinks! According to the Seed Savers Exchange catalog, this Bavarian heirloom (Solanum lycopersicum) is one of the founding varieties of Seed Savers, cultivated & donated by the founder herself, Diane Ott Whealy. Coralee saved the seeds from our crop of German Pink tomatoes last summer as part of her fall homeschool science project. She germinated the seeds in wet paper towels on top of the refrigerator this spring & we transplanted the leggy ladies into the garden in May. It looks like we have a fairly average crop of fruit growing this year from two plants (I’m guessing about 12-15 tomatoes total). Each heirloom weighs between 1-3 pounds & is so much fun to hoist off the vine! We use only four of these lovelies to make our special ‘orange & honey’ tomato soup. Recipe next week!