That's how many tomatoes we picked. Today.
A conservative estimate for how many tomatoes we've picked thus far this year is another 250 - because John brought in probably 50 the other day, and I've had tomatoes in the fridge for a good 3 weeks...and tomato salads, tomatoes ON salad, tomatoes on sandwiches, tomatoes in sauce, tomatoes in orzo, risotto, on pizza, you name it - if a tomato will fit, I add one!
So, the summer count SO far is 500 tomatoes. That doesn't include the hot peppers (a dozen thus far), zucchini (2 dozen, but most are too big to eat, oops), cucumbers (2 dozen), basil (at long last it's finally starting to leaf out nicely - only a few leaves cut so far), broccoli (two large heads...don't get me started about the bugs I found in the smaller heads we harvested later in the season. note to self - broccoli is an EARLY crop, anything after July 1 should probably be tossed.) We have also harvested 4 canteloupe, but so far they've all been ick. I think they need more time on the vine. About a dozen carrots, 3 or 4 bell peppers (darn the varieties we picked this year have not been good) a dozen banana peppers with plenty more where that came from. And meanwhile, the ground squirrels are again having a feast on the patio tomato plants. Sigh.
Strawberries are long gone, but we got probably 50 when the picking was good, and that's even in spite of the slight landscaping disaster and watering problem that led to half the strawberry plants being buried in dirt. They've recovered nicely.
Oh, and I have a BUNCH of corriander seeds. I don't have many uses for fresh cilantro, but I plan to dry the corriander seeds and grind it for fresh corriander. Yum.
Doesn't this just conjure up pictures of idyllic country bliss? :) (remind me to post a picture of the kids with some of the harvest. we've got HOW many growing weeks left? 6 at least, I suspect...) Luckily the people who work with John LOVE the fresh tomatoes. Those poor city folk have probably never seen a tomato plant. ;) We should give tours.