Thanks to our garden defense system, we have collected far more tomatoes from our little vegetable past on any given day than we were able to salvage from entire past seasons. Over two days, we collected seven (7!) pounds of organic, fresh, tomato goodness. And more is coming.
At the beginning of the season, when we were still a little unsure about whether the motion-activated sprinkler would truly deter the poachers from the ripest tomatoes, we picked the tomatoes when they were still a bit under-ripe. But a few days in a closed paper bag in the cool, dark basement, and they came out beautifully red and ripe for pasta sauce or BLTs.
Now we know we can actually let them ripen on the vine. Each afternoon, we pick a few red ones, and leave on the windowsill for the next meal. Meanwhile, the kitchen smells of harvest.