Friday, October 3, 2008

The Mortgage Lifter

Now that's an interesting name for a tomato!

I couldn't help but wonder about the story behind the name. Enter Google The story goes like this...

Back in the 40's a man named Radiator Charlie decided to do some fancy cross pollinating of his favorite tomato plants using a baby syringe. He came up with a pretty snazzy tomato - big and tasty.

Okay - so there's something to be said for ingenuity and the farmer's spirit. But the story doesn't end there. What makes it the Mortgage Lifter is that ol' Charlie is a heck of a salesperson and peddled the seedlings to other eager gardeners for a tidy little sum, allowing him to pay off his mortgage of about $6,000.

This is what my plant is supposed to yield -

I'm looking forward to some pretty tasty BLTs in a few weeks.

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