At the end of August, I tried an experiment: I pruned the tops of all my tomato plants. I hoped that would force the tomatoes to ripen the fruit already on the vines, but I wasn't sure it would work. The actual plants looked very forlorn after I finished topping them; I thought maybe I had made a mistake, and that would be the end of the tomato plants.
Well, I'm happy to report, THE EXPERIMENT WORKED. The huge green fruits have been ripening beautifully, and I've been able to preserve more salsa and more pureed tomato sauce for winter. Plus, we've been eating tomatoes every day in some form or another. Frankly, I think this might be the best thing I've ever done and plan to do it the end of every August, to get another big push of fruit.
Along with cucumbers, herbs, Malabar spinach, and both sweet and hot peppers, the tomatoes have continued to feed us. I miss having corn, watermelon, and cantaloupe, as well as pole beans, so I'm hoping to find a place for those next year. Meanwhile, leeks, shelling peas, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are growing like mad for our fall garden. Early October will be time to plant garlic and shallots, and sow-in-place kale, chard, spinach, and braising greens to overwinter. Plus we'll be starting our winter wheat experiment.
We've been through what seems like a million salsa recipes, and this is the one we have decided is our favorite. It's from the Ball Blue Book, I think this particular book is from four years ago (I believe they put out a new one every year). I will copy the original recipe here; I always double it. I've also made some substitution notes and additions, as well as simplified the instructions, because if you're interested in canning, you already know what to do. If you haven't canned before, please contact me for more explicit instructions! Or consult Ball online!
If you don't want to can this salsa, you could freeze it in the jars. Just leave more headspace to allow for expansion in the freezer. Once open, store in fridge and use within a month.