Worth waiting for! These are luscious examples of what a Mediterranean climate, ingenuity and lush,toms.jpg organically-composted soil can do. They come from the sun-drenched Ben Lomond gardens of my friends Mateo and Francesca.

Green Zebra, Matina, Heart of Compassion, Black Cherry, Sungold — a few of the names of these amazingly flavorful, intensely ripe September tomatoes.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a garden contact like mine, then hit the farmers markets this month.