Do you see what I see? Could it be? That tomato isn't as green as it used to be. The photo doesn't really show it very well, but that tomato is definitely starting to ripen! A ripe tomato in July will be a first since I moved to this area. It sure beats picking the first tomatoes at the end of August or beginning of September.
That tomato is Gigantesque, a cool weather adapted variety from Ukraine. It was the first tomato to set this year. This variety ripens to an orangey-red on the outside with deep pink dense nearly seedless flesh. Here's a photo from October 12 last year of 17 pounds of Gigantesque tomatoes, the peak of the harvest, all from one plant.
Last year I posted my first photo of a ripening tomato (Black Sea Man) on August 7 . That post also shows the first Gigantesque tomato sizing up but nowhere near starting to ripen. Black Sea Man was early, prolific, and healthy, but I found its flavor to be disappointing. Gigantesque was a bit later to set, but still early, prolific, and healthy, and it was delicious.
So, I've got good homemade bread, lettuce from the garden, applewood smoked bacon, and . . .