“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes. What would life be like without home grown tomatoes. Only two things that money can’t buy. That’s true love and home grown tomatoes” Guy Clarke
One of the best ways to build a strong relationship with Mother Earth is by enjoying the foods that grow right in your own region. Especially if they come from your own garden, that of a friend or a local farmers market. Nearing mid-August ripe red tomatoes should be plentiful throughout most of the country. Now is the time to enjoy this gift and build a savory memory before winter arrives with that poor substitute. One of my fondest memories is that of picking fresh tomatoes as a child. Luckily I have a farm market nearby that I can visit every week.
Tomatoes are loaded with the antioxident lycopene which help flush free radicals out of the body. A cup of the fruit is also high in vitamin C ( 57.3%) , vitamin A (22.4) and are a good source of dietary fiber (7.9). Weather a Beefstake, Big Boy, Roma, Cherry or one of the revived Heirloom varieties, home grown and local tomatoes are a healthy choice for summer meals. Try Romas fire roasted on the grill and drizzled with olive oil for a treat. Explore heirloom varieties and learn recipes from your farmer.
Home grown tomatoes, backyard gardeners, small farmers are all in the decline. We know that. The knowledge, plant variety and available seed stock is on the decline also. What would have been lost to future generations is now being preserved by a growing number of concerned. Heirloom seeds are from old stock which may have been passed to several generations in a family. Other heirloom seeds especially suited to an environment and that may exhibit variants in color and shape are also being preserved for the future. Tomatoes like the Single Stripe, the Cherokee Brown or the Black Plum are being grown by niche farmers who can then share in a seed exchange and supply farmers markets and chefs with heirloom varieties. Support your local farmer. He could turn out to be your best friend.