tomatoes and Tekoa?
I’ve got tomatoes coming out of my ears. It is the glut before the drought. Temperatures will soon be too hot at night for fruit setting and so it will be October or November before those lucious red babies are pickable off the vine again. In the meantime, they are pouring in. On Friday my very elderly neighbour had asked if I could drop a few tomatoes off to him on Sunday. I guess he actually meant like two. He wasn’t home when I went to drop them off so I left him a little basket outside his door with like 16 cherry tomatoes and six slicers. Today the basket came back with thanks…and 4 slicers and half of the cherry tomatoes still in it.
The super sweet neighbours directly next door are picking their own as needed and seem to be harvesting 5 or 6 slicers a week. The neighbours across the hall collected 3 slicers last Friday, the family on the fourth floor took 5. The neighbours upstairs, who usually take a good number, are on vacation for three weeks. Yeah, it is their fault I’m drowning in these puppies! Yesterday I made an absolutely huge salad of finely chopped tomatoes, a red and a green sweet pepper, two small hot peppers, a baby yellow onion and its greens, some parsley — all from the garden — mixed with a can of corn. I had it for dinner, breakfast, lunch, a snack…and there is still enough to feed a family of four off it. On Saturday I made enough tomato pasta sauce for 8 servings. I guess I need to make some more to freeze as I’ve still got around 10 slicers and a couple dozen cherry tomatoes on my counter and nearly a dozen will need to be harvested off the vine tomorrow.
You have to follow the tomato vine to get to Tekoa. Because Tekoa is just a skip out Jerusalem, tomatoes set fruit all summer long with those chilly summer evenings. More importantly, there are plots of land in Tekoa that have already been zoned residential for like 85k. The plots aren’t huge — the size of an average suburban lot in the U.S. but that would still give me way more growing space than I have now and it would be mine, all mine! If I put a caravan (trailer) or caravilla (pre-fab house) on it, with the idea of building something more permanent in like 10 years, I would like insto have space to build the animal sanctuary and to garden, garden, garden.
I looked into buying agricultural land in the Golan, like a lot of it (the equivalent of 2-3 acres going for 32k U.S. per acre), but I discovered that, in order to qualify for the exception to build a, as in just one, single personal dwelling that is more substantial than a tent –that is, a tent that can be moved and would need to be moved from pillar to post on a regular basis– for a farm on agriculturally zoned land, I’d have to buy a hell of a lot more land (about 60 acres) than I can afford. Yeah, nearly 2 million U.S. above my most wildly wishful-thinking budget. Clearly, our country doesn’t like the idea of small farm entrepreneurs. So I’m thinking about a suburban lot in Tekoa…