Of all the summer vegetables, tomatoes have to be the most colourful and flavourful.
Beefsteak, Roma, heirloom, grape or cherry, everyone has their favourite home-grown variety.
Even non-gardeners are apt to tuck a plant or two into a patio container and eagerly await the bounty (if the chipmunks don’t get there first).
This set of salad plates by Pier 1 captures the essence of the tomato harvest. Their rustic charm had a short growing season, between 2011 and 2012, but you can still find them from time to time on eBay.
Starting with a burlap base, I added woven banana bark placemats, also by Pier 1.
The placemats were quite large, so I layered Cambria dinner plates in sage green (I think it’s called Celadon) from Pottery Barn.
Next, I added vintage shell edged Cream on Cream raised-paste dinner plates by Wedgwood (available from Replacements or often on eBay).
That combination seemed to frame the colourful salad plates nicely.
I couldn’t resist the Kaldun & Bogle Herb de Provence tomato salt & pepper shaker, with its green vine-and-leaf stand nestling the tomatoes.
Sturdy-stemmed red bubble glasses joined the party, too. I got some of them from HomeGoods and the rest from eBay. The styles are similar, but not identical, and I can’t remember which these came from.
The napkins were from HomeGoods, The abstract paisley pattern works all year round.
Tomatoes, kale, parsley and basil adorn a galvanized two-tier stand from Pier 1 a few years ago.
Celebrate the harvest!
Salads, sauces, succotash and soups! Love them all.
The possibilities are endless!
One summer Glenn and I brought home a couple of bushel baskets of Roma tomatoes from the market. It took us a day or so to transform them into tomato sauce, and we were highly amused to see one of our Golden Retrievers, Ben, help himself to a tomato from the basket several times in passing. Our goldens are on the raw diet, and they regularly chomp on carrots, broccoli and apples. I guess Ben figured that tomatoes were fair game, too.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.