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**FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES** A tomato is picked from it's vine in a garden in New Market, Va., Saturday, July 19, 2008. Harvesting fruits and vegetables at the peak of their maturity is the goal of most home gardeners but not all varieties make for easy picking. They're difficult to gauge for ripeness. The best way to tell if the time is ripe is to do a taste test. This tomato is ready -- full red and firm. At this stage, it should be eaten or preserved immediately. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

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