Ben Carlson
Jimmie Hawkins knows a thing or two about growing tomatoes. A gardener for the past 50 years, the Chautauqua Street resident has over 100 tomato plants, including one tied to his front porch that is very, very tall.
Big tomatoes, bigger heart

The tomato plant snaking its way up a column on Jimmie Hawkins’ front porch on Chautauqua Street would have likely kept growing had it not run into the rain gutter.

“I measured it. It’s 10 feet tall,” Hawkins said Monday morning as he gazed at what he figures is one of the tallest tomato plants he’s grown. “It would have kept going if it didn’t run into the gutter.”