Saving tomato seeds

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Since we got a late start on our kitchen garden this year, we had to buy all our seedlings at the farmer’s market.  She didn’t have enough “regular” paste tomatoes, so we decided to try the Sicilian tomato, which is reported to make rich sauce.  The Sicilian tomatoes did very well, especially compared to the “Sausage” variety we grew.  One plant in particular really thrived, so we decided to save seeds from it.

This was my first time actually saving seeds, so I was excited about it!  I consulted Baker Creek’s The Heirloom Life Gardener for seed-saving instructions.  As you can see from the photo, it’s simple to do for tomatoes!  We covered the jar with a paper towel and rubber band while it fermented three days, because we’ve had some fruit flies ever since we processed our pears.  Now we have hundreds of seeds for next year!  (Four tomatoes was probably a few too many.)  :)

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