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lizbud
08-21-2006, 01:59 PM
There is a house for sale across the alley from me that has 4 or 5 tomato
plants just inside their back yard near the back fence. The house has been empty for about a year now. I have been watching these plants grow and
sorta noticing all the fruit growing like crazy on the vines. (they are not
staked or anything) This morning I noticed a bunch were ready for picking.
They look wonderful & I'm very tempted to step inside & take a few. Would
you do it?

GreyhoundGirl
08-21-2006, 02:02 PM
I would, otherwise they'll just get eaten by crows or other animals. At least you can put 'em to good use.

Dorothy39
08-21-2006, 02:05 PM
:D Well, I don't think that would come under stealing. :D

Maybe, if you make a sign that says, "FREE TOMATOES?" :D Then, sit a watch? :rolleyes:

It doesn't seem like anyone else is interested in them. , What a shame to let them just rot away, huh!!!

I don't know who I would ask, before helping myself to good food either.

Hummmm,

Maybe, I would just take , one.!!!! :D Then listen for sirens!!!! :D

That was a sweet post Lizbud!!!

GreyhoundGirl
08-21-2006, 02:15 PM
Maybe, I would just take , one.!!!! :D Then listen for sirens!!!! :D



HA ! HA ! :)

Randi
08-21-2006, 02:59 PM
Liz, if the house has been empty for a year, I think I'd risk it. ;) I can send you a great recipe for Gazpacho. :D

Just wonder how they've grown so well - as far as I know, they need watering quite often. Has it been raining a lot?

beeniesmom
08-21-2006, 02:59 PM
I'd pick some.
Better than having them go to waste.

Logan
08-21-2006, 03:03 PM
Take the darned tomatoes so they won't go to waste!!!! :D

kuhio98
08-21-2006, 03:06 PM
Yep ~ Take those tomatoes and enjoy them. Might also consider watering the plant if it hasn't rained recently. Who knows? The house could still be empty next year and you'll get another crop of tomatoes.

Maya & Inka's mommy
08-21-2006, 04:33 PM
The house could still be empty next year and you'll get another crop of tomatoes.

yeah, put up a sign with "haunted house", he he

lizbud
08-21-2006, 05:37 PM
LOL I felt so funny asking this question, but I would be mortified if
someone came along and caught me picking them. :o Well, I did muster
up the courage to take a few this afternoon.They look delicious.I kept
thinking that they would just go to waste. :) I was wondering later how
they would do so well with no one around to tend them.

momoffuzzyfaces
08-21-2006, 05:41 PM
If the house has a for sale sign on it, you could call the realtor and ask if they thought the owner would mind.

With my luck, right when I was snitching them, the realtor would come to show the house!

Those are what Dad called Volunteer tomatoes. They just come up on their own. Maybe there was a garden there at one time or someone chucked a tomato there and the plants came up on their own. :)

moosmom
08-21-2006, 05:46 PM
I hardly doubt that caring for the garden by picking the ripe ones so the not so ripe ones CAN ripen qualifies for a WANTED poster in the Post Office. Go for it, girl!!! Enjoy every last, tantalizing bite!! ;);) I LOVE native tomatoes.

Guess what my favorite sandwich is??? Native tomato and vadalia onion sandwich with lettuce, mayo, salt and pepper. :p Good thing I sleep alone!

lizbud
08-21-2006, 05:47 PM
If the house has a for sale sign on it, you could call the realitor and ask if they thought the owner would mind. :)


I did know the guy who lived there before, but don't know how to contact
him. I think he moved back to Kentucky.I know he wouldn't mind.But having
to explain all that to someone else with an armload of tomatoes might be
just too hard to do. :D

moosmom
08-21-2006, 05:49 PM
How do you know the other neighbors aren't helping themselves???

Dorothy39
08-21-2006, 05:51 PM
Oh My Lord, I'm laughing about this thread Lizbud. I'd love to see you , tippy toeing over to the tomatoe vine,( cautiously looking both ways) :rolleyes: then, slithering away with your find!!! ;)

What a light hearted thread!!!!

momoffuzzyfaces
08-21-2006, 05:51 PM
How do you know the other neighbors aren't helping themselves???
:D That reminds me of when my parents would say:
If you friends were (insert harmful activity of your choice here) doesn't mean you should do it to!!! :D

RICHARD
08-21-2006, 05:59 PM
I would, otherwise they'll just get eaten by crows or other animals.


Phred,
are you reading this??? :eek:

Dorothy39
08-21-2006, 06:22 PM
Oh yes, I've been wondering if Phred was going to make a comment!!!! :D

catland
08-21-2006, 08:00 PM
Fresh Salsa....

I don't know the exact porportions - I kind of make it up as I go

some freshly grown tomatoes :rolleyes:
onion
a couple of peppers - serrano or jalepeno seem to work well.
cilantro
lime

Chop it all up - get some chips and enjoy. - watch out for the peppers though, I didn't know that the inside with the seeds was where all the heat was stored - that was one hot batch of salsa. :eek: :eek:

GreyhoundGirl
08-21-2006, 08:07 PM
Phred,
are you reading this??? :eek:


:confused: Did I miss something?

Karen
08-21-2006, 08:19 PM
:confused: Did I miss something?


Yes. See http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?t=110798

And Liz? I'd take them, and leave a little note of thanks just in case. They are surely, as mentioned, "volunteer tomatoes" and it would be a shame for them to rot on the vine!

GreyhoundGirl
08-21-2006, 08:25 PM
Ah, I get it now. Thanks Karen. :)

zoey
08-21-2006, 08:49 PM
You say tomato and I say tomahto...
Go and get your vitamin c girl. home grown tomahtos are the best!! :D

RICHARD
08-21-2006, 09:42 PM
Fresh Salsa....

I don't know the exact porportions - I kind of make it up as I go

some freshly grown tomatoes :rolleyes:
onion
a couple of peppers - serrano or jalepeno seem to work well.
cilantro
lime

Chop it all up - get some chips and enjoy. - watch out for the peppers though, I didn't know that the inside with the seeds was where all the heat was stored - that was one hot batch of salsa. :eek: :eek:


Funny, that looks like a recipe i gave away at the BBQ....

Is this the stealing thread? ;)

Cincy'sMom
08-21-2006, 09:49 PM
Yes, take the tomatoes!!

It does remind me a story my friend at work was telling me today. Over the weekend, a van pulls up in front of her parent's house. This guy gets out, and proceeds to take about 3 armloads of apples from their tree and the ground around. He then goesto the door, and asks if he can have some apples!!! Her dad told him thought the 3 armloads was probally enough!

Cinder & Smoke
08-21-2006, 11:36 PM
Phred,
are you reading this??? :eek:

Yup! :rolleyes:

I've got a call in to Greyhound Bus right now ...
asking the price to get Three 'Mater-Pickin Mutts to Indy!

They're not too swift at "bringing them to the kitchen" ...
but they can *Shake* & *Pluck* with the best of em!

Point em in the right direction and they'll stay by the bush long
enough to give you an excuse to be there to retrieve them.
Wear baggy pants & fill your pockets!

:p

Dorothy39
08-22-2006, 12:30 AM
:D :D :D

Phred!! You made my day!!!!

What in the world would we do with you and "yer mater picken mutts!!!!!" :eek: :D

pitc9
08-22-2006, 08:44 AM
Phred was the first person I thought of too as I read this! :D
Heck yeah I'd pick them too!

lizbud
08-22-2006, 12:53 PM
Just a note to let PTers know the tomatoes are delicious. Yum Yum. :D
Soooooo much better to eat home grown. (even if it wasn't this home) :D

RICHARD
08-23-2006, 03:04 AM
Just a note to let PTers know the tomatoes are delicious. Yum Yum. :D
Soooooo much better to eat home grown. (even if it wasn't this home) :D


I bought two beautiful tomatos and left them at my mom's house.

I was going to go over and cook her dinner and use the 'maters in a salad.


She ate BOTH of them and proclaimed that they were 'really good'.

The moral of all the Tomato Postings lately?


Stolen Tomatos taste better...... ;)

sandragonfly
08-23-2006, 03:13 AM
quote by lizbud
LOL I felt so funny asking this question, but I would be mortified if someone came along and caught me picking them. :o ..

say, "uh-oh! (act innoncently) um .. have you heard of a book named little red hen??" and :D ..

:)

gini
08-23-2006, 10:59 AM
I'm still stuck on the idea of a picture of Lizbud in the post office!! :D :D

Enjoy those tomatos!!!

lizbud
08-23-2006, 12:45 PM
I'm still stuck on the idea of a picture of Lizbud in the post office!! :D :D

Enjoy those tomatos!!!

LOL :D

My children would disown me and my family would never let me forget it. :p

I tried creeping over again today to see if I missed anymore ripe ones, but
turned around & walked back when the neighbor's Shin Tzus started barking
their little heads off. :o I'm a lousy thief. :D

Cinder & Smoke
08-23-2006, 01:59 PM
:rolleyes:




I tried creeping over again today ...

... the neighbor's Shin Tzus started barking their little heads off. :o

:p

The First Rule of Tomato Thievery:

ALWAYS carry a supply of Alarm Silencers (Dawg Bisquits)!

:D

cyber-sibes
08-23-2006, 04:46 PM
LOL! I'd think it would be a crime not to pick & use home-grown tomatos when they're ripe! ;)

moosmom
08-24-2006, 12:05 AM
I got a hankering for homegrown tomatoes the other night and was looking SOO lovingly at my neighbors garden. Only one problem. He's got a standard poodle that barks at the tiniest movement in the yard. Plus they have a motion sensor that turns on the flood lights.

Oh well, one salad with no matoes coming up!!! :rolleyes:

Catty1
08-24-2006, 12:12 AM
Hey Moosmom - just go to your neighbour and ask how much he wants for a couple of his garden tomatoes.

I am SURE he would happily give you a couple!

(Try it, can't hurt - with your million dollar smile!)

RICHARD
08-25-2006, 10:24 PM
"Wha.........The former tenants asked me to mail them the tomatoes when they ripened....."

K9karen
08-26-2006, 12:59 AM
I hardly doubt that caring for the garden by picking the ripe ones so the not so ripe ones CAN ripen qualifies for a WANTED poster in the Post Office. Go for it, girl!!! Enjoy every last, tantalizing bite!! ;);) I LOVE native tomatoes.

Guess what my favorite sandwich is??? Native tomato and vadalia onion sandwich with lettuce, mayo, salt and pepper. :p Good thing I sleep alone!


YUM YUM! I'm with ya on that sandwich, Donna!!!!

Sale sign? Empty house? Oh Liz, grab that wicker basket and head on over and grab those suckers before they go to waste! I can make a meal out of home grown tomatoes!

Pam
08-26-2006, 01:25 AM
Liz, it has been a while since I read a thread that had me smiling like this one. Oh the mental image I have of you slinking away after the little shih tzus started barking! :D :D I'd say you are about 1/3 of the way to a good BLT! Of course stealing a pig for the bacon just might get your picture in the post office! :p

RICHARD
08-26-2006, 01:51 AM
Reuters-August 25

A woman faces felony charges in what officials are described as a string of serial thefts.

The woman, who identified herself as, "Lizbud" was arrested as she ran out of a bakery with a loaf of 7 grain whole wheat bread. Police first were alerted to the thefts after neighbor dog chased her away from a tomato vine at a vacant house.

A witness description at a later theft gave law enforcement officials all they needed to capture the alleged criminal.

That theft was tn a rural farm on the outskirts of town. The owner of the stolen sow saw a shadow with one if his pigs in tow.

"Why, she just jumped the fence with my pig!" Farmer John told reporters.


The culprit was later spotted at a local supermaarket in the condiment aisle.
The manager noticed that the suspect was looking at mayonaisse jar while she slipped a head of lettuce into her purse. SHe was chased from the store by security.

The BLT BANDIT, as she is known to police was relleased after questioning.

Her only comment to news organization covering the story was, "It all started with those tomatoes...".

Pam
08-26-2006, 02:14 AM
LOL! Richard!! :D :D :D I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face from laughing. Who would have ever suspected that Liz, one of the very pillars of PT, could be capable of such crimes. I know that when the media converges on us for our comments that we will all continue to support her. Eve's downfall was an apple. For dear Liz it was a tomato. :p

lizbud
08-26-2006, 09:18 AM
Oh you guys are soooo funny. :D Well, as I pondered & fretted about
if I should feel guilty taking the tomatoes, apparently my secret garden
is not secret anymore. The word is out. :( Someone else has discovered
the "free" tomatoes.I only found two on my last visit. :D Plenty of green
ones left & it will be a race between me & the other thief when they start
to ripen. :D The inconsiderate thief even left the gate open. The nerve of
some people. LOL. ;)

moosmom
08-26-2006, 10:16 AM
Lizbud,

See?? I TOLD you that you weren't the only one scarfing the 'matoes!! Grab all the green ones while you can. Put them in a paperbag so they'll ripen.

RICHARD,

ROFLMAO!!!

RICHARD
08-26-2006, 11:48 AM
fried green tomatoes?

Maya & Inka's mommy
08-26-2006, 11:51 AM
fried green tomatoes?

He he, isn't that the title of a very good movie? It is about an old lady and her black chauffeur.

moosmom
08-26-2006, 12:02 PM
Fried green tomatoes are the best!! Slice them up, dip them in egg and then cornmeal and fry them. :p YUMMY!!!!

Logan
08-28-2006, 09:46 AM
He he, isn't that the title of a very good movie? It is about an old lady and her black chauffeur.

You're thinking of "Driving Miss Daisy", Lut, but the same actress, Jessica Tandy, was in "Fried Green Tomatoes" and it ranks at the top of my all time favorite movies and books!!!!! :)

RICHARD
09-06-2006, 03:17 PM
:confused: In the newspaper they add advertisements and other stuff....


In the Relish magazine yesterday they had some GREEN TOMATO recipes...


How does green tomato cheesecake sound? :confused:

lizbud
09-06-2006, 07:19 PM
:confused: In the newspaper they add advertisements and other stuff....


In the Relish magazine yesterday they had some GREEN TOMATO recipes...


How does green tomato cheesecake sound? :confused:


Richard, it sounds positively awful. :eek: