Pick the firmest fruits just as they are beginning to turn, leaving the stems on, exercising care not to bruise them, and pack in a barrel or box in clean and thoroughly dry sand, placing the fruits so that they will not touch each other. Place the barrel in a dry place.
In the autumn when frosts appear, tomatoes, if carefully picked and laid on straw under the glass of cold frames, will continue to ripen until near Christmas. Green but full-grown tomatoes may be gradually ripened by placing them in cupboards or bureau drawers.
The ripening of tomatoes may be hastened ten days by bagging them as grapes are bagged.