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Gorgeous Heirloom Tomato Photos

Tomatoes in Squash Leaf 

Editor-in-Chief Cheryl Long recently flooded the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office with her first harvest of heirloom tomatoes. Round and oval, tiny and monstrous tomatoes tumbled out of five gallon buckets and overflowed from bowls. Two of us spent a few hours in the garden photographing this bountiful, colorful harvest.

Here are some of our favorite shots:

Tomatos in Garden 

Our three sisters garden provided a nice green backdrop to contrast with the bright colors of the tomatoes.

Tomato Slices Look Like Citrus 

These tomatoes almost look like slices of citrus at a glance.

Tomato Snowman 

We dreamed of cooler weather after more than a month of high temperatures above 100 degrees when we made this tomato snowman.

Tomato Hornworm 

We found this tomato hornworm crawling toward our tomato plants and quickly made sure it wouldn’t devastate our office garden’s tomato harvest.

Natalie Picking Out Heirloom Tomatoes 

So many heirlooms — in red, yellow, orange, green, purple and every color in between!

Tomato Funny Face 

This funny face uses a variety of heirloom tomatoes: ‘Taxi’ for the eyes, a ‘San Marzano’ smile, ‘Orange Banana’ nose, and ears of ‘Juliet,’ ‘Green Grape’ and ‘Sungold.’

Colorful Slices of Tomatoes 

A rainbow of tomato slices waiting to be gobbled up by MOTHER’S editors.

Photos by Alli Langley 

mary 'sue' brabble
4/3/2013 2:43:02 AM

They are not the same worm here in NC.

billie gibson
4/26/2012 9:34:53 PM

Beautiful harvest but remember everytime you fill a tomato horn worm you are killing a black swallowtail butterfly. We always plant a couple of plants and some fennel away from the field and we move them onto those plants as we really love the butterflies.

david shepherd
8/11/2011 3:38:09 PM

Yum!!! Our harvest is slow, quite a bit behind yours. I've taken a little different tech type approach including grabbing an e-book to help me this year. You can see info here . So far, we've enjoyed a couple Cherokee Purples (first time growing these).

natalie morris
8/11/2011 8:31:38 AM

I'm in love.

8/11/2011 1:38:20 AM

I don't traditionally like tomatos, because they tend to be grainy and pink when supposed to be red...I suspect this is store bought which travel. Now, I actually do like fresh tomatos, and these look tops. Congrats to the growers (and the eaters), you did a fine job!

colleen vanderlinden
8/10/2011 7:54:23 PM

Wow! Gorgeous tomato harvest! That last photo of the sliced tomatoes literally had me drooling. I'm getting a nice harvest here as well -- I harvested a 'Brandywine' today that was just huge, and I've been enjoying plenty of 'Japanese Black Trifele,' 'Cherokee Purple,' and 'Tiger-Like' (along with tons of little cherry and currant tomaotes) as well. I love summer :-)