Tomatoes – Beautiful and Flavorless

Q: My tomatoes this year are big, beautiful and flavorless. I planted the usual varieties but they don’t have good tomato flavor. Could it be all the rain?

A: The rain and overcast skies this summer certainly have something to do with it. Sunshine, available soil moisture, soil fertility and general growing conditions all affect tomato taste but acidic soil seems not to be a dominant factor. The tomato variety you choose can be a very good indicator of acidic taste. Find one you like, whether locally or online, and stick with it each year.