I have two big boxes of tomatoes. I’m canning. I may never be seen or heard from again.

However, other possibilities may exist to explain my fate.

Dateline: Stringtown, West Virginia.


A farmer disappeared after taking two boxes of tomatoes into her Stringtown kitchen on Saturday. The tomatoes were intended for canning, though there was some disagreement about their best use. According to a source inside Stringtown Rising Farm, the last time the woman was seen, she was being followed by chickens.

An investigation is underway as the search continues. A representative for the chickens told the media: “We love the woman. She gave us two pumpkins. Her disappearance leaves a huge hole in our lives, but it’s not one we pecked ourselves.”

Fowl play is suspected in the case.


  1. Lisa says:

    What gloriously beautiful tomatoes. I wish I had a boxful of those myself. Love the story (lol).

  2. Liesl says:

    Wow, Looking at those two huge boxes of tomatoes, we’ll understand that you might be a little busy for awhile Suzanne!

  3. Bev in CA says:

    In CA it was reported there was a sighting of the Stringtown woman who had disappeared, after bringing tomatoes into her home. She was canning a batch of Salsa. I think that this is gong on all over the country. Be on the lookout. The chickens know. Can’t help smiling!

  4. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Chickens see everything. Chickens know things. Chickens can sneak into your kitchen and watch you can.

  5. Nancy says:

    I planted about 10 tomato plants JUST for my chickens! (I don’t even like tomatoes! :sheep:

  6. skippymom says:

    Nancy made me laugh out loud. She is a good chicken Momma.

    Now about YOUR nefarious chickens……LOL

    Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  7. skippymom says:

    Um…I meant the tomatoes. Not the chickens.

    Although chicken cacciatore comes to mind……..hmmmmm

  8. Launi says:

    Too funny. We had the same problem…only with
    okra. Yikes.

  9. theresea says:

    My girls are packing as we speak they haven’t had tomatoes like that in a couple of weeks.

  10. MMHONEY says:

    May the good Lord Bless and Keep You (& your tomatoes)

  11. Lisa C says:

    I’m so envious of your boxes of tomatoes and canning plans!! We just sold our horse so next year I hope to plant a huge garden in her previous pasture.

  12. PossumManor says:

    Try roasting them for an hour first. Totally difference in taste.

  13. Phyllis R says:

    Nothing beats the taste of tomatoes in the middle of winter. Salsa, stewed, sauce, all good.

  14. Searcy says:

    :heart: :chicken: Great story! I missed Dateline this week so I was glad to catch up on the national news as well. Love those tomatoes. Poster worthy.

  15. texwisgirl says:

    I can just see the chickens forming a barrier around your house and demanding you “release” the tomatoes into their custody. 🙂

  16. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Lucky you! Not for disappearing but for getting those gorgeous tomatoes.

  17. Patrice says:

    Hold on, Suzanne! Your faithful readers will come rescue you. Okay readers, shall we go help Suzanne? lol 😀

  18. Susan says:

    :sun: Whenever I pick something, I have to hustle it into the house. Not chickens, but dawgs. BIG, vegetable loving dawgs!

  19. prayingpup says:

    Oh my! I love tomatoes! I love chickens! What would I do in this situation? . . . . split the tomatoes between the chickens and canning . . . . . or not! I’d give the chickens the stems and skins . . . be safe out there – we don’t want you to be the victim of a chicken revolution!

  20. claudia w says:

    I’m with Patrice…we need to come and help out Suzanne!

  21. Kris Sherrill says:

    Oh my goodness, you are just way too funny! But I do hope to see you around soon.

  22. Karen says:

    Hysterical missing persons report! I love your sense of humor!!!

  23. Martha Legg says:

    Susanne, you have got to try Tomatoe Rasberry Spread!!!I got it from Taste of Home. When I went to the Amish country ,they had samples of tomatoe jam ?! It was good so when I got home ,I checked out my books and there it was!Although ,I don’t think they used this one ,it was close. Will leave recipe on Farm bell .I hope you try it !!

  24. Tina says:

    HILARIOUS! I love your “news reports”! Those tomatoes are gorgeous; happy canning! Maybe you could ask the lovely Clover to help keep the chickens off your case!

  25. M Kellogg says:

    The chickens are involved in a conspiracy. They will lie about anything to get a tomato! :sun: :sun:

  26. Barbee' says:

    Yumm! I hope you save out some for Crooked Little Hen if the others don’t let her have any of the scraps. First off, I would have to have a meal of bacon and tomato sandwiches.

  27. Donna Mc says:

    Oh My Goodness! My hubby would go nuts making roasted salsa with all those ‘maters. We can salsa every year for Christmas gifts. RIck Bayless’s recipe for roasted tomato & garlic salsa is fantastic. Hubby roasts EVERYTHING in the salsa under the broiler before chopping it up into the recipe. Mmmm, good salsa!

    Have fun with those ‘maters! What out for those wiley chickens!!

  28. Teresa from Lancaster, PA says:

    Our dog developed a taste for tomatoes this year – even climbing into our fenced raised bed. I think she’s eaten more than we have! We’ll have to rethink our garden plan next year. 🙂

  29. Luann says:

    The tomatoes are beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your canning day!

  30. Mokihana says:

    Ahh…. canning tomatoes. Buried in tomato skins, lemon juice (mustn’t forget that!) and hot water. Oh, and salt. Mustn’t forget salt.

    Oh! Do I see a hand poking out from the depths of skins? Quick.. pull it out. Take skins to chickens. They will love them.

  31. Ramona says:

    How lucky you are, great looking tomatoes.

    Luv the fowl play…..

  32. AlabamaNana413 says:

    Fabuous looking tomatoes!!!! My husband always plants some but only likes them raw. He doesn’t like tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, or even catsup! He loves tomato sandwiches (you can’t live in the South w/o loving tomato sandwiches). And of course, loves fried green tomatoes. But his crop wasn’t very good this year as we had a terrible drought here. Then the deer got to them (in spite of the tomato cages). Oh well, I’ll just enjoy them thru you this winter. Lucky you!!

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