Monday after work I drove out Yellow Mountain Road, just a little ways past Garden City, to see if I could snag some mouth-watering, organic heirloom tomatoes from Dave Asbury, who I wrote about in this column back in 2009.
Alas, the self-employed stone mason is not selling his delectable treats yet. But his dozens of plants are big, strong, and loaded with maters. He expects to be selling them — on the honor system, as always — by the end of this week.
Asbury’s been growing tomatoes for 11 seasons now. He told me this year may be the first in which he believes he has successfully staggered his crop. He hopes that means he’ll be selling them all the way through October.
You don’t want to miss his tomatoes, folks.
To get there: From Roanoke Memorial Hospital, head out of town on Yellow Mountain Road. Asbury lives on the right side of the road about a half-mile past Garden City Boulevard.