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.

Green Beans, Tomato and Kalamata Olive Salad

Shaker Summer Tomato, Celery & Corn Chowder

Summer Squash Succotash

Rustic Tomato Sauce

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.