An Ode to Tomatoes

The poet Pablo Neruda has a poem about Tomatoes that starts,

tomato beds shenanigan updateThe street
filled with tomatoes
midday,
summer,
light is
halved
like
a
tomato,
its juice
runs
through the streets.

He could be talking about our farm at this time of year. Tomatoes are everywhere around here. We grow multiple successions, each in a different field, and right now several successions are yielding at the same time. With the summer sun still in full force, the plants are thriving and the Tomatoes ripening almost faster than we can pick them. But it’s glorious and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It means we get to feast on all our favorite Tomato dishes⎯Tomato Salsa Fresca, Heirloom Tomato Galette, Grilled Cheeses with fresh Tomatoes, delicious Shakshuka, and of course fresh Tomatoes, Basil & Pasta. Pablo would approve:

the tomato
invades
the kitchen,
it enters at lunchtime,
takes
its ease
on countertops,
among glasses,
butter dishes,
blue saltcellars.
It sheds
its own light,
benign majesty.

⎯ from Ode to Tomatoes, by Pablo Neruda

artisan tomatoes in bowl


Pizza Night & Kids Yoga

Farm Pizza Night is back again this Friday! Please note the special hours this time: 4pm – 7pm. EEE is a concern right now in Easton, so we’ll have plenty of bug spray on hand and end an hour earlier than normal.

Shovel Town Brewery will be here with some adult beverages and you can hang out on the party lawn and enjoy some delicious wood-fired pizza. The Seasonal Special this time is Heirloom Tomato (our favorite!).

The September Pizza Night is scheduled for Friday, September 20th. Seasonal Special is TBD.

See you on the party lawn!

Little baby girl eating pizza and laughing outdoors on the background of green grass, summer picnic. Rest in the park.

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Screen Shot 2019-08-20 at 2.18.53 PMKids Yoga & PYO Cherry Tomato class is this Saturday at 10:30! Taught by the lovely Kristen Keaney of Be Well & Rise, this class will include:

  • some yoga
  • some kid-friendly nutrition info
  • a walk out to the field for PYO Cherry Tomatoes

Tickets are available here.

Farm cocktails!

cocktail makingWe all know we should be including fruits and vegetables at every meal. And shouldn’t Cocktail Hour also be a chance to sneak more plants into your diet? Recently we’ve put in some grueling hours recipe testing fruit & vegetable friendly cocktails and we’re happy to share some of our findings with you here.

jalapeno watermelon margarita cocktail

The biggest winner of this round was the Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita. Everybody liked the spicy/sweet combo, plus it was a delightful frothy pink. We infused some tequila with sliced fresh Jalapeños, and then we could adjust the spiciness level for each Marg by cutting the infused tequila with some plain tequila as requested.

We also recipe-tested a Peach Bourbon Smash, a Rosemary Bees Knees, and a Blueberry Moscow Mule. All were delicious and we’re going to be enjoying more again this weekend.

Cheers!

 

Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita

red watermelon closeupInfuse 1 sliced Jalapeño in 2 shots of tequila for 1 hour, then remove the Jalapeño (you can save it for garnishing).

In a mason jar (or a blender), mix 2 parts Lime juice to 1 part Agave syrup, 1 shot tequila (a straight shot of the infused tequila is very spicy!),  and several good-sized chunks of Watermelon. Use an immersion blender to blend fully.

Use Lime juice to salt your glass, then add ice, and pour in your margarita. Garnish with a Jalapeño slice and a Watermelon slice.

We also highly recommend Cucumber Margaritas, which are really refreshing and not spicy at all.

 

Peach Bourbon Smash

peach bourbon smash cocktail

In a shaker, muddle 2 quarters of a Lemon, a handful of Apple Mint leaves, half a ripe Peach, and 2 Tablespoons of Honey with 2 shots of bourbon. Shake.

Taste for desired sweetness and add more Honey as needed.

Pour over ice and cut with seltzer water as desired. Garnish each with a slice of Peach and a Mint sprig.

Makes 2 drinks.

 

Rosemary Bees Knees

Make a Honey syrup that’s 1:1 Honey and hot water. Add a good-sized sprig of fresh Rosemary and let steep for an hour, then remove the Rosemary.

rosemary bees knees cocktailOptional: Use a micro plane to zest the Lemons and add the Lemon zest to 1/4 cup of sugar. Combine thoroughly.

In a shaker, combine equal parts Rosemary Honey syrup, fresh-squeezed Lemon juice, and gin and shake.

Use Lemon juice to rim the glasses and then dip them in sugar (ideally, the Lemon zest sugar you made before you squeezed the Lemons). Add ice and pour in your drinks. Garnish each with a sprig of Rosemary.

 

Blueberry Moscow Mule

blueberry cocktail top viewIn a shaker, muddle 2 quartered Limes, a handful of Apple Mint leaves, and 1/4 cup of Blueberries with 1 shot of vodka. Add 6 oz. of Ginger Beer and shake.

Pour over ice and garnish with Apple mint and Blueberries.

Enjoy your weekend!

blueberry cocktail side view

Happy Friday!

 

We crush on Tomatoes

tomato harvesting crew

As you’re probably well aware, we loooooove Tomatoes on this farm. Like, a whole lot.

So we’re pretty happy right now, watching the harvest crew drive out of the field in trucks laden down with so many crates of juicy, sweet, flavorful, vine-ripened Tomatoes. We feel like kids in Candyland.

In addition to our always-popular and always-delicious Red Slicing Tomatoes, which are great for burgers and BLTs and salsa and bruschetta, we’re growing a bunch of Heirloom varieties we’ve really come to love over the years.

 
Striped Germans are streaked with yellow, orange, and red on the outside—they basically look like a gorgeous sunset. Inside, those yellows and oranges and reds are all swirled and marbled together like a toddler’s finger painting and just as gorgeous. Like all the yellow/orange Tomatoes we grow, these ones are sweet and mild (i.e. low acid), as well as being real show-stoppers.

Costoluto Genovese, an Italian heirloom variety, has beautiful red color and really intense Tomato flavor. The pronounced ribbing on this variety make them a visually interesting addition to a plate of Caprese Salad done slab-style.

Golden Jubilees are a sunny yellow outside and inside. Mild and sweet, these Tomatoes play well with others in a recipe that has other strong characters (like Onion or Garlic). Plus they add a pop of color, which can be an interesting counterpoint when paired with a classic Red Tomato.

Lastly, Speckled Romans always hold a special place in our hearts. This is an Heirloom variety that is super meaty and has very few seeds. However, unlike the other meaty, but somewhat-bland, Romas and Paste Tomatoes, our Speckled Romans have big flavor. This means they’re super versatile, a trait we always appreciate in the kitchen.

Enjoy your Tomatoes this week!!