The tomatoes from our CSA are especially good this year. I feel like I haven’t had such good tomatoes in years. I love tomatoes that straddle two seasons – collecting the sun of summer but not ripening until the air feels a bit cooler. Some days I long for our own vegetable plot and other days I am thankful for someone else doing the hard work of tending the garden. Tomatoes don’t last long at our house. (I had to edit out some thieving little hands from the photo). Our favorite way to enjoy tomatoes are in this sandwich: Bourbon Wheat Bread from Scratch Bread, some good cheese, thin slices of our pickles, and thick slices of tomatoes. Yum!
It is that time of year again, and the weather has encouraged big early crops from our CSA farms. The first week brought four pints of strawberries! We love seeing what will arrive and plan meals around the deliveries. Not having to buy produce at the grocery store is a luxury and it feels more natural to eat what is in season. I like discovering new recipes for unfamiliar vegetables and it is exciting when a favorite comes back into season. Garlic Scape Bean Dip and Kale Chips are two of the best. We get our fruit from Wilklow Orchards and vegetables from The Farm at Miller’s Crossing. Aside from their beautiful produce, the families that run the farms are lovely. We are invited for a visit at the end of each season. The kids get to see where their food has come from and meet the people who have worked so hard to get it to our table.