I have bad news. After all the time and excitement that went into my victory* garden, I've decided I don't like beefsteak tomatoes, of which I have something like 4 plants. Bruce made a grilled cheese sandwich with our first ripe one a couple of weeks ago, and I hated it. (He didn't think there was anything wrong, though.) I decided we had picked it too early, and so waited much longer before picking the second one. I felt it up, as Ben recommended, and decided it was ripe today. I cut it open and found it all grainy. Yuck. Hoping it could redeem itself, I tasted a sliver. Yuck. completely disgusting. I left it for Bruce, who loved it. I guess I'll stick to cherry tomatoes this year. (We've got plenty of those, and they're yummy.)
I had an organic tomato from the grocery store (it was hella expensive) that was just amazing. It tasted like the ones I remember from Maine. Any suggestions of what kind to look for next year? I'll have to go to a farmer's market or something for seeds, I think.
*That one's for Ben. Apparently, all gardens are victory gardens until we win the war.