If you weren’t convinced already, the truth about your store bought, commercially grown tomato is out and being broadcast.
gives everyone a heads up on the new book, Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook
If ever there were a plethora of reasons to grow your own tomatoes and patronize your local farm markets, and groceries that carry locally grown produce – it is now. The word is out on what many of us have known, not only do commercially grown and shipped tomatoes not taste good, they are not good for your health, either.
This year I grew some heirloom tomatoes, and while it was not a banner year for my produce garden, there are those who have had better luck and they supply the markets, and at this time of year anyone in my area can get deliciously tasty, juicy tomatoes for their favorite recipes. I love BLT’s, Margarita pizza, fire and ice salads (made with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers!). And what is that grilled hamburger without the fresh tomato slice? Well, during winter, when only the store bought tomato is available it may be time to skip the tomatoes and learn to eat in season.
For a fresh tomato salad:
Fire and Ice
Get the best, most flavorful tomatoes you can lay your hands on ( hopefully right in your own garden) and slice them up.
Add scored and thinly sliced cucumbers. Arrange them attractively on a plate.
Make a garlic infused vinaigrette or just splash on some good old Wishbone dressing.
Serve and enjoy- what is simpler or more pleasurable at the end of summer?
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© 2011 written for Ilona’s Garden Journal. An excellent blog.