Jul 16 2014
Its tomato time! My favorite time of the year! This picture was taken this morning of a Cherokee Purple from our vegetable garden. This year we have the best tomatoes in our garden that we ever have had and it is not thanks to me. Bruce has been spraying the tomatoes on a regular basis with an organic fungicide and picking off yellow leaves. As you can see he mulched it with straw and waters them when it doesn’t rain.
He has had obstacles to his success, other living creatures try to eat them before he does. The dog pulled off about four huge tomatoes and took a bite ought of each and threw them to the ground as he tore off the vines. (Who would have thought that a 14 year old dog would jump a fence and tear up tomatoes.) And he had accomplices, the next day or so Mr. Squirrel got in there and took a bite out of several also. I tried to comfort my husband by fried a few green ones after cutting out the damage and making salsa out of the just ripe damaged fruit.
We have enjoyed every bit of what was left. There are a lot more green tomatoes out there to wait patiently for their time to pick! We are anticipating all the wonderful things to make out of our locally grown tomatoes and we savor every minute of the season because we know that it will be too short but vibrant and delicious!
Here are just a few of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes:
-Fresh chopped tomatoes with basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and mozzarella salad. You can also add this to pasta for a wonderful sauce.
-Fresh tomato sandwich with grill eggplant and basil.
-Add to fresh corn, zucchini or yellow squash and onion for a simple but flavorful saute
-Chopped in a Greek Salad with a lemon, olive oil dressing
-Add to a cucumber and onion salad
-Add chopped tomatoes to a pizza.
These are so simple, you do not even need a recipe and you can experiment with different fresh herbs and variations.
Enjoy the local tomatoes while they are here!