July 26, 2013
Many farmers and gardeners are seeing their tomatoes split and rot from the excessive rain this growing season. Not so with Ruby Lynn of Elkin.
Lynn grew a tomato roughly five and a half to six inches long and four inches wide. No scales were available to weigh it when Lynn brought the tomato to The Tribune office.
Lynn has been gardening since she was 20. Now 84, she told The Tribune it was the largest tomato she had ever grown.
“I love tomatoes, but I have never had a tomato grow that big,” Lynn said.
Lynn said the tomato was a tree tomato that grows on a stalk.
Tree tomatoes, commercially known as a tamarillo, is a semi-woody tree that grows from 10 to 18 feet. Some can even reach to 25 feet, although that height is rare.
Lynn was all smiles to have her picture taken with the tomato and to have it included in the paper, but even more so to one-up her neighborhood gardener rival.
“I’ve got a neighbor out there that brags about his garden,” Lynn said. “He brought my sister some tomatoes to show them how big they was, and I said he ought to have seen mine.”
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