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Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine
You hang there ripening, on the vine
Until we pick you!

It’s that time of year when we have grown tired of the garden. It’s time to change our habits as we move into fall, and to stop having to figure out what to do with the produce. We Kansans have especially enjoyed a prolific season of tomato-mania. The growing season is long in this area. In some northern states, the gardener plants 30 or 40 tomato plants because the growing season is very short. I grew up in an area like ...

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