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The Tomato Tsunami

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Week Ten. And so it begins. The onslaught of tomatoes. Thankfully, one of my favorite things.

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Tomatoes comprised four different items this week. Here is the list:

1 bag red tomatoes – chemical free – Breezy Morning Farm
1 heirloom tomato – chemical free – Breezy Morning Farm
1 quart garden peach heirloom tomatoes – Riverview Organics
1 bag specialty squash – Liberty Acres
1 bag green beans – Liberty Acres
1 bag red beets – Farmdale Organics
1 bag orange carrots – Red Fox Organics
1 bag red garlic – Liberty Branch Organics
1 bag sweet onions – Liberty Branch Organics
1 pack portabello caps – Mother Earth
1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes – Farmdale Organics

Farmdale is the farm we visited for the picnic last Saturday. Picked some of those cherry tomatoes while we were there. Here is the entire haul.

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I already roasted the beets. Some for salads. Some to pickle.

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I dry roast my beets in a bed of kosher salt. They shrivel up and concentrate the flavor.

As for that large heirloom tomato, it is destined to be sliced thickly. Covered in basil. Dropping a piece of fresh mozzarella on it and putting it directly on the grill. With dinner tomorrow or Saturday. Pics later.

Here’s to buying locally and supporting our farmers. How much of your food comes from a 100 mile radius of your home? The more, the better. For freshness, health and the environment you can’t beat eating locally grown fruit and veggies, meat, cheese, eggs.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I have to widen my shopping circuit this weekend. I looked at heirloom tomatoes at MOM’s yesterday, but they were from Mexico so I didn’t buy any. During the work week, my shopping circuit rarely extends beyond MOM’s.

    Most of my food is from MD, PA, or VA, though some of that is from further than 100 miles.

    • If you can make it to the hospital market before 6 pm tomorrow, Love Dove and TLV both have heirlooms.

      I think TLV also does Oakland Mills Sunday morning market, at the village center.

      • Right, Love Dove has been posting pictures of some beautiful heirlooms they’ve been picking for the markets. Don’t overlook the non-heirloom varieties, though, sometimes they have more tomato flavor. (I thought that last summer, anyway, so maybe it depends on the weather? Don’t know) Ask the vendor which one they like better.


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