Tomatoes Harvested: Mine vs. The Goat’s


Well, the tomatoes are finally turning red. I was able to harvest one good one from my garden. I haven’t done anything to amend the soil to improve the Blossom-end Rot problem that I was having, but the tomatoes seem to be getting over it on their own. I just picked off all of the bad ones. It looks like all of the rest which are just starting to turn red are going to be okay… but the tops of them are splitting open (another problem I need to figure out… too much water maybe??).

I’ve been checking progress in the goat’s tomato patch, and was excited when I found one of the tomatoes had turned a beautiful bright red. I’m so glad the goat’s haven’t had any interest in eating them! (Funny, huh?)

Here is a picture of the two tomatoes I harvested:

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As you probably already guessed, the one of the left is the one from my garden. The picture perfect one on the right came straight from the goat’s pen. Gorgeous, huh?! I sliced it and ate it on a delicious turkey sandwich for lunch!

But now I’m kinda worried about the safety of eating the tomatoes from the goats. There is fresh goat’s droppings all over the place in their pen, including all around the tomato plants. Is it safe for me to be eating them? Obviously I’m washing them well, but could I get E Coli or something from them? I’ll be so sad if we can’t enjoy those perfect tomatoes. There are a ton of huge green ones just waiting to ripen. I’m imagining a nice canning session, if all goes well.

Somebody please tell me it’s okay for us to eat these gorgeous tomatoes!!

I wish I knew what kind they are! Maybe I can save the seeds from them and purposely grow them again next year.


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

7 Comments

  1. We’ve had the blossom-end rot problem AND blight. So from three plants, we’ve gotten 1 good tomato. Your goat tomato looks great! We actually just saw several goats at the state fair tonight and they were so sweet!

  2. I have found it helps to pick the tomatoes when they first start blushing (well that’s what I call it when they start changing colors). The cracks will hopefully be less noticeable then. And, yes it from the rain. I had the problem too. I didn’t water because we were getting plenty of rain, but the rain wasn’t watering evenly. The cracks aren’t a huge deal. I ripen mine on my counter and have only been concerned about the crack in one because it might have had mold growing. I cut off the cracks when I core my tomatoes. They still taste good once they get completely ripe.

  3. There should be no problem with the tomatoes from the goat pen unless your goat is sick. And even then, if you wash them well, they should be fine. Goat droppings are one of the best fertilzers to use with gardening because they can be used fresh – unlike chicken which should be let set for a year.

  4. I DONT KNOW ABOUT EATTING THE GOATS TOMATOS, MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE HAS MORE KNOWLEDGE ON THAT, I BELIVE THE PROBLEM YOURE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE OTHERS IS CALLED CAT FACING, AND IT IS FROM TOO MUCH WATER.

  5. I’ve read that the cracking is from uneven watering. I can’t believe how amazing the goat tomato is! Isn’t that just the luck? I would definitely save some seed…it would be worth a shot!

  6. Those goat sure do grow pretty tomatoes! I would think it would be okay for you to eat them, since you’re washing them.

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