Tales of Tomato Season


As I drive around the valley, everywhere I look tomato plants are quickly growing larger. Watching them grow is torture because tomatoes have been on my mind since they went out of season early last fall. The funny thing is, I didn’t even like tomatoes until I moved to the Capay Valley last August.

Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-pasta-image19080335Courtesy of  Capay Valley Farm Shop

1 pint of cherry or saladette tomatoes (any variety), halved
1 large shallot or small onion, minced
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
small pinch of chili or pepper flakes
enough spaghetti for two
1/4 cup of loosely packed fresh basil (optional)
salt and black pepper to taste

Tomato and Grilled Eggplant Salad

Adapted from food.com

Olive oil
1 eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
4–5 ounces grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup leeks, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 and 1/2 tablespoons pitted Kalamata olives, halved
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Easy Baked or Fried Green Tomatoes!

Slice green tomatoes in 1/4 to 1/2-inch slices, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Coat both sides well in cornmeal.

”¢ Baked: Preheat oven to 375 °F; place tomatoes on a nonstick or lightly greased cookie sheet; bake until golden-brown and crispy, about 25–35 minutes.

What's in Season July 2013

strawberries peachesHere’s a preview of the goodies being harvested from some of our farms in July, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.

Carolina Gold Tomato

Fresh Spinach Lasagna

Chocolate Cherry Tomato

Cherry Tomato

Cherokee Heirloom Tomato