Out-of-Township Project

As summer winds down, everyone around town is busy, busy, busy! Kiddos are getting ready to head back to school ~ summer visitors to the Township are packing up their memories and making plans to visit again ~ hikers, bicyclists, and swimmers are enjoying muddling through the lingering heat and humidity of August ~ shoppers are discovering some of the treasures in our little shops in the township.

And GARDENERS?

Well, gardeners are busy freezing, canning, and drying their produce.

It’s about this time of year that I casually “drop by” to see Petronella “Pickles” Smith ~ because everyone knows you can’t leave her home without a jar of her amazing pickles!

The savory goodness of the pickles of Petronella "Pickles" Smith!

The savory goodness of the pickles of Petronella “Pickles” Smith!

This year I was in for a surprise. Pickles had an out-of-township friend visiting (not TOO far out of the township…just Columbia!) and was I in for a treat! Laura Flacks-Narroll (Pickles’s friend) is on a mission to save a tomato. And not just ANY tomato, this is the Ivan tomato. Laura discovered this tomato at a bluegrass festival and has been growing it ever since.

Laura Flacks-Narroll, friend of Petronella Smith, seems to be a Daffodilian at heart. Here she is with a basket of Ivan tomatoes for her friend Petronella.

Laura Flacks-Narroll, friend of Petronella Smith, seems to be a Daffodilian at heart. Here she is with a basket of Ivan tomatoes for her friend Petronella.

But the seeds for this amazing tomato haven’t been available commercially for at least a few years now. There is SO much more to this amazing story, but the bottom line is that Laura is on a mission to save this tomato so everyone can enjoy the bounty of this delicious variety. She has teamed up with a couple friends and together they are creating The Ivan Tomato Rescue Project through their group, Victory Gardeners. The good folks at Victory Gardeners believe in biodiversity in our food as well as the healing power of gardening. Doesn’t this all sound like a project Daffodilians would believe in and love?

I encourage folks to check it out. I’m sure in the future we will see Ivan tomatoes growing in a lot of Daffodil Township gardens!

The tantalizing Ivan tomato!

The tantalizing Ivan tomato!

Doesn't this Ivan tomato make your mouth water? :)

Doesn’t this Ivan tomato make your mouth water? 🙂