Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's Tomato Time Again!

I just love this time of year! We are coming in to that time in the summer where our counter-top is always loaded with produce and the grocery bill shrinks to just the necessities of paper products, personal needs and a small amount of meats. Oh and maybe some nice wines!

The tomato on the far right is called Mr. Stripey and it weighed in at 2 lbs. 3.3 ounces! Mr. Stripey tops my list of all time favorites for versatility, flavor, looks and texture. It is a sweet meaty tomato variety that is good for just about anything you can think of - especially salsa! The sliced tomato in the back left is a variety known as Cherokee purple that we had just gotten 3 tomato and cucumber sandwiches out of and the two tomatoes in the front are Beef Masters. All together I think we probably have about 7 different varieties and we also grew some tomatillos for salsa verde this year. We had a late start on these because a chipmunk got into our greenhouse in late spring and ate all our plant roots. They are just starting to form fruit, so it will be fun to experiment with all the different regional recipes!

The herb garden is overflowing with basil and the tomatoes plants are loaded and all we need for a great meal is a little olive oil, garlic and pasta. Of course, if I really want to kick it up a notch, I make some fresh pesto to go on that pasta. I make my pesto with basil, olive oil, the juice of a fresh squeezed lemon, roasted walnuts, garlic, grey salt and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Next up will be all the different pepper varieties we are growing this year. The jalapenos are already producing really well and I will probably be forced to make some poppers this weekend. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Those tomatoes look amazing! Unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of their taste, I really wish I did like them, as I've always loved the look of tomatoes. Can you give me a recipe that may change my mind?

    Looking forward to seeing more produce in the coming weeks.



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