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The Tomato Game

Posted 8/13/2019 9:12am by David Zemelsky.

A long time ago, my sister and I played The Tomato Game while we were driving  in Vt towards the Massachusetts border.  This was truly a long time ago, because I was too young to drive.   In each of our laps was a truly magnificent and large (very large) tomato.  The Tomato Game's rules are very simple.  First, don't eat your own tomato until reaching the state border.  Second, try to get the other person to eat their tomato by describing how unimaginably wonderful that tomato is going to taste.   Each of us had their own secret stategy about  how to accomplish this.  I only remember that I kept throwing out the lure for her of being able to sink her teeth into a taste that would go on  and on. Her strategy was way more down to earth.  She tried to make me think that waiting to eat was just pointless and I should go ahead right this very second and chomp into it.  In looking back on this, i can't help but wonder -if it was pointless to wait, why didn't she do just that?  So, I don't remember at all who might have won.  We reached the border, which was the agreed upon place to bite into the tomato.  I certainly  remember the taste of postponed enjoyment! This experience alone probably influenced my love of tomatoes.  It was such a sweet sweet moment to be able to finally bite into its wonderful everything.  I carry the special explosion of taste with me to this day.

What I didn't know then was that  their are so many more flavors and textures of tomatoes to  try.  What I was eating was just a plain old red field tomato.  I now know that the world of tomatoes is big, beautiful and very deep.  Different taste, different colors, different sizes, different textures. Yes , on and on.  I've yet to meet a tomato that I don't like and many that my feelings go way beyond that.  Way beyond. 

And now, after over six months of work, we've arrived at the Tomato Waterfall-the moment of total abundance.  We have so many many ready to eat tomatoes with all those colors (ok, many colors), all those different sizes (ok, many, not all) , all manner of different textures ( well, many-not all ).  And most importantly, this can not be replicated in January.  Its now (and for the next few weeks.) that you can sit down at your table with a Tomato Eating Project.  I know, because its happening for me daily.  And this could be you, too! And we're going to help you make it happen.  Order a lb of tomatoes are the regular price ($7)and we'll make sure that your order weighs twice as much as a lb.  Right. Its kind of a special.

Before I tell you the other things available this week, I want to go over a few simple things.  First, its hot now and food spoils  if left out.   So, your orders in the shed need to be picked up as close to 2pm on Thursday as possible.  If they're left overnight-its not clear how wonderful they'll be in the AM.  If your work schedule  prevents you from getting here early enough, then consider what you order.  Kale and other greens wouldn't be happy left out overnight.  Tomatoes, eggplant, onions etc wouldn't mind that much.  Order for the week by email by 8AM on Thursday.  Pick up at the shed in front of the house at 54 Fowler after 2pm.  Alternatively, you can pick up food at one of the three Farm Markets we attend.  Durham, on the town green  from 3-6:30 Thursday,Madison, on its town green Friday from 3-6 or Wooster Square in New Haven on Saturday from 9AM to 1pm.

Here's our offering: Full disclosure.  This is last weeks list minus one or two items.

Here's the list:

Sun Golds- bright orange and a blazing burst of sweetness. $6.50/pinnt

Sokura- a Japanese variety that are small, round , red and delicious. $6.50/pint

Artisans- different shapes, different colors, different flavors.  Artisans tend to really "wow" people. $6.50/pint

Juliet- my all time favorite and so versatile.  Great for munching out of the container or for cooking.  An unusual combo.  That's why, if I was going to a desert island-they'd be my only choice. $7/lb

Heirlooms- As I've stated before-our tomatoes are guaranteed to make you jump up and down with delight. (even if you have a broken ankle)  $7/lb but we'll throw in more for every lb. ordered.

New Garlic- and a beautiful crop, too! $3.50/head

Sweet Peppers- all different colors, purple, yellow,orange, and red $5/lb

Hot Peppers -$5 for a half pint

Cucumbers- three different kinds.  Pickling cukes.  A big handful for $3 and an even bigger handful for $5.  Katrina- thin skinned and very few seeds- $5/lb.  Soyu-an Asian variety. Great flavor, texture and look.  $5/lb

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Kale, Collards and Swiss Chard-all awesome choices for those greens that we all need to eat more and more of.  $3.50/bunch

Beets- gratitude gratitude gratitude.  That's what I think after eating our beets.  Roasted or pickled.  I say "oh yes!" $4/bunch

Carrots:    Truly a gift. $5/bunch

Red Long of Tropea onions $4/bunch

Scallions- -both white and red $3/bunch

Summer Squash- both green and yellow.  Let me know which ones. $4/lb

Fresh Herbs- ah Summer! Parsley, Oregano,Thyme and Genevese Basil $3/bunch

Pak Choi and Tokyo Bekana- $3.50/bunch

Fennel $5/head

Jen's Now Totally Famous Bouquet-even though this is her first year going solo on flowers, Jen has mastered the bouquet with ease. $8/bunch

Sunflowers - $5/bunch

Thanks again for all your support.