Farm Focus: Tomatoes

  • April 21, 2015

Farm Focus: Tomatoes

Our varieties – from 12:00, going clockwise:
Sungold: Sweeter than most cherry tomatoes, producing more sugars and containing a low acidity.
Yellow Pear: an heirloom variety with a thin skin, bursting with character and tangy flavor.
Black Cherry: a rich and smoky treat.
Green Grape: crunchy with a sweet zing.
Everglades: an heirloom variety, bite sized with traditional flavors.
Garden Peach: flavor and fuzzy-skinned closely resembling a tasty peach.
Olivade: a plum-shaped saladette tomato with a juicy center.

Tomatoes, just like everything else, have an affect the local community. Tomato sauce recipes are passed down through generations, and can easily connect a crowd. On the downside, the desire to have tomatoes year round can come at an unfair price. The book Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook depicts the realities of why it is so important for a community to stay in touch with it’s food sources.

Dipping our tomatoes into the pool of history:

There are many Nightshades that contain alkaloids that are potent and toxic, but tomatoes, although in the  Solanaceae family, are not! They are full of vitamins including A, C, and K and also have trace minerals like potassium and phosphorous and are staple food for some cultures.

Found in South to Central America, what is now Peru is where tomatoes are thought to have been documented first. They were taken around the world and have developed a wide variety of flavors, shapes, and colors. One of the heirlooms varieties we sell was actually discovered in Florida!

The tomatoes we offer are grown organically. The fruits are vine ripened and bursting with flavor.

Try them for yourself in this bruschetta recipe with avocado and balsamic dressing.

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