When you visited New Jersey farm stands this summer the amount, size and look of the tomatoes was as always, great. But if you're a backyard gardener, most of us are scratching our heads as to why it was such a bad summer for our Jersey tomatoes.

It wasn't excessively hot or wet or dry or cool. Even the product from the farm seemed to lack the usual explosive 'Jersey Tomato' taste as in years past. I'm not sure your county extension office or Rutgers agricultural researcher will have an answer, but it definitely seemed like an 'off' year for home growers.

The still, better than anywhere else in the world crimson gems, are still plentiful for on farm stand shelved for the next couple of weeks. But better get them soon if you want to make big batches of sauce, we only have til about mid-October before they're gone until next July!

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