I could claim that everything else growing in the garden is a prelude, but that would be giving too much power to tomatoes. Nonetheless, the first tomatoes do mark the time where the garden is hitting its stride.
The first one I cut up and ate with salt still warm from the garden. Soon there will be tomato salads, salsa, spaghetti sauce, maybe some homemade ketchup, tomato soup and more.
For now, fresh homegrown tomatoes are a fantastic treat.