A walk through the Farmer’s Market on a late summer day plainly shows that tomatoes rule! They fill baskets and crates at every vegetable stand: heirloom varieties in shades of green, purple, and red. Pint baskets of glowing yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and plump Roma tomatoes in sizes and shades that put typical supermarket selections to shame.
They are plentiful now, but there is a chill in the air this week, and pumpkin spice-flavored drinks, sweets, everything, closing in from all sides. You need to savor these tomatoes while you can! Click this link to check find Farmer’s Markets in Vermont and see their schedules. If you are outside of Vermont, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has a directory to find locally grown food near you: click here to check it out. Also check local markets and co-ops, and you may even be able to barter with a neighbor who has a glut of tomatoes in their garden!
The recipes below take advantage of the tomato bounty, whether you just picked them from your garden or snagged them at the market. I joined Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist on the Morning Brew Program of Fox Local 44/22 television station to share recipes and talk about all things tomato. (We talked a little about pumpkin spice too, namely those Pumpkin Spice Cheerios I used in my Apple Bars!) Click the videos below to watch our segments, and then scroll down to see a whole lotta tomato recipes!
♪♫ “You like tomatoes, and I like to-mah-toes.” ♫♪
Here’s a little musical interlude while you enjoy all those tomatoes!