...saymoi, who says she loves the fire roasted tomatoes and offers this growing tip:
"I just started my seedlings. I sprout my tomato seeds in one of those left over chicken plastic containers, peat pods to for the soil, and put them on top of my dvr for heat to sprout. I buy my seeds at Seeds of Change and this year I bought Zapotec, Thelossinki and Arkansas Traveler. The Zapotec and Arkansas sprouted within a week."
Congratulations saymoi! Please email me at barton(dot)angela(at)gmail(dot)com with your shipping address so you can receive the kit ASAP.
Thank you all so much for entering and for your comments, recipes, and tips. I was surprised how many of you knew and loved Muir Glen tomatoes. I am definitely a convert and will be using them in all recipes that call for canned tomatoes.
A few of you voiced concerns about BPA in the cans, and I have to confess I don't know very much about that. From the little bit of online research I did, it seems that BPA is something that is in ALL canned goods, and so if it is indeed harmful to humans, then it would be best for our health to use canned goods as little as possible. When I have time, I'll try to do more research to see if it is worth trying to persuade Muir Glen to give up the practice, or if that's even possible. I think they're required by government regulations to use it, but maybe they could use another type of container.
Next week I'll do a post that includes all of your great tomato recipes and tips, along with the recipe for fire roasted tomato soup from the recipe book in the kit. And remember, you can order your kit at Muir Glen Reserve. I think it would make a great gift.