Saturday, August 30, 2008


Our town has a farmer's market on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

You've heard about slow food . . . eating what's grown locally. We've doing a lot of slow food which in the summer is easy when there's so many opportunities to to visit the farmer's market.

On Saturday the farmers bring their fruit and vegetables to the parking lot by City Hall. Two rows of tents, walk down the middle and buy-'em-up.

A bell brings at 7:30 a.m. which means it's time for the farmers to begin selling what they've brought to market. Any farmer selling before 7:30 a.m. gets in big trouble with the rest of the farmers.

The City Hal parking lot is also next to the town library and a communication tower with so much electronic communications stuff on it that you just know that you're being nuked while you shop. Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to be a healthy eater.
We're on a heritage or heirloom tomato kick. If you've not tried one of these tomatoes, one that's been grown right, you're missing out on what all tomatoes used to taste like back in the day. They are sooooo good.

They look kind of gnarly but don't let that stop you from buying them. Looks can be deceiving.

Apart from putting these tomatoes on salads and pizza here's what else we've been doing with them:

Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes sliced

Fresh basil, leaves carefully chopped as not to bruise

Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Assemble the salad with slices of tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over the salad. Add a dash of Balsamic vinegar and a very light sprinkling of salt and pepper. For a completely different flavor, you can substitute the mozzarella with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

Ohhhhhhhh so very good.

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Kittie Kate said...

i just ate my last 2 heirloom tomatoes. love our farmers market.

i'm just now learning about the slow food movement, but was always into going to the local farmers markets.

Bob said...

Kittie Kate: You live in a town where the markets are some of the best as well as being close to outstanding restaurants who practice the slow food philosophy. I miss that.

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