Just Ripe

On the solstice, I always think of that quintessential summer taste: fresh tomatoes. Cynthia Groseclose styled these beauties for Southern Living, shot by the fine southern gentleman Iain Bagwell.  The only tough thing about tomatoes in the garden is that you have to sit there and wait for them to get just ripe.  Hoe them, water them, weed them, watch them.  No wonder they taste so good homegrown - all that work means that your mind is going to register the juicy taste no matter what happens.  It's a psychosomatic approach to gardening.