we ate the first tomato of the season last night. a cherokee purple. one of my favorites. this is from outside, not from the hoop house. by far the earliest we have had in our 10 years of gardening in detroit. a few factors contributed to this. one was the amazing tomato starts we received from our friends at labrosse farms. we traded hazel nut trees for the starts, and in a classic barter, everyone feels like they got the better end of the deal. we also have much more full sun in this yard, we have had lots of rain, and the raised beds certainly have not hurt. still i’m feeling very optimistic about our garden future in the new house.