We always write down on our calendar the date of the first tomato from our garden. In the past, we've generally anticipated that tomatoes will be edible toward the end of July. Once we had a tomato on the Fourth, but that was a one-time phenomenon -- until this year.
Thanks to hot weather and plenty of rain throughout the springtime, my resident farmer got the tomato plants into the ground earlier than usual, and we actually had a couple of tiny tomatoes on July 1.
Now they're coming in more prolifically, so that you can eat a half-dozen or more out of the snack bowl on the dining room table. This variety is Sun Sugar, which we've been growing and loving for several years.
We're still at least a week away from any big tomatoes, although we have lots of green ones on our plants. Meanwhile, we've had some nice local tomatoes from the farmer's market, but there's nothing so delicious as one from your own garden, still warm from the sun. I'll let you know when that happens!