For years the early-blight has taken our tomatoes plants before they had a chance to produce anything significant. This year many garden plants have died due to the intense drought and heat, coupled with Mrs. Gardener being otherwise occupied, but not the tomatoes. Number Four and I followed our friends the M.'s advice and covered the soil next to the plants with newspaper. We used old decorative tiles as weights. The plants thrive in the heat and the little watering and rain they got was obviously all they needed.
I'm looking forward to making my pizza sauce for the year, and gallons of tomato sauce for winter pasta dinners.
Update on GAPS: with all of the company we had, we went into the full GAPS diet although we are boiling some new chicken broth today and reverting back to Intro as we can. Number Two has felt much better already. It has not been very difficult. Last night after volleyball we drove through for milkshake for the two younger girls and we survived without taking a sip. ;-) She has made several recipes from the cookbook including the broccoli soup and the peach ice cream. We get creative at lunches and truly it has been fun.