I used to grow tomatoes, but didn’t set them in the ground until the July 4th weekend. I had tomatoes right into the beginning of December. Of course I had to cover them every night and finally had to pick all the remaining ones once it started getting well below freezing. (I love fried green tomatoes! )
We had so many tomatoes the last year I grew them that I had to cook over 480 of them down to tomato paste. We used that for making spaghetti sauce and for other dishes as well. Had to much we were giving it away to family and neighbors. (I think I had gone a little overboard with setting so many plants. )
One of the varieties I grew was an heirloom that had great taste (on sandwiches). Nothing like the “meaty” tomatoes they’ve since come out with that have very little taste. A good sandwich made with freshly picked (and sliced) tomatoes with sliced onions,a little mayonnaise and maybe a slice of cheese is super! And to think I really, really hated tomatoes when I was growing up (unless it was a spaghetti or pizza sauce.) Maybe I’ll grow some again this year on the south side of the house. Plenty of sun… but then where shall I put the lavender?