The Journal Sentinel has spoiled one company’s “tease and reveal” advertising strategy by revealing just what will be unveiled on the billboard along I-94 that currently has some giant red tomatoes on it. It’s for a company that sells canned tomatoes, which is a legitimate undertaking. And there is something to be said for the convenience of having canned tomatoes, even if the flavor is rather lacking compared to home-grown tomatoes.
So then, why not plant, grow, and can them yourself?
A friend of mine here in Milwaukee has started a good number of tomato seedlings. The transplant-ready plants available for purchase in late May. It’s a cinch to transplant them, be it into a bucket or the ground or a raised bed. And with regular watering, they should do fine.
Canning them is something that I don’t yet know how to do, but I will certainly be on the lookout for food canning and preservation classes. Even if the Awesome Depression draws to a close, the hard lesson in frugality should not be quickly forgotten. Food growing and preservation not only saves money, but it can strengthen your family, your neighborhood, and your community.
I’ll post details on the tomatoes and canning classes as soon as I have ’em.