Tomato Sandwich Season is here? Already?

It was near closing time when I managed to stop at the Merrimack Farmer’s Market last week. Twenty-five vendors strong and the very last one on the south end of the line, Ledge Top Farm of Wilton, had tomatoes for sale.  Perfect, medium sized tomatoes and it was still June.

“Are these really yours,” I asked, skeptically.

Oh yes, I was assured.  They were started in the greenhouse and they taste as fresh off the field.

I bought two, confident that I was making a mistake with my money.  I have always held the opinion that tomatoes are only good for two weeks in August.  Three, if you’re lucky.  Otherwise they are hard, tasteless and worse of all…mealy.  Even the thought of a mealy tomato makes me shudder.

A June Tomato from Ledge Top Farm in Wilton. Juicy and Flavorful.
A June Tomato from Ledge Top Farm in Wilton. Juicy and Flavorful.

I brought them home, cut one up right away, and pressed the slices with my fingers for signs of mealiness. None there.  My father quickly ate them up with oil and vinegar.  They were good, he said.  Hmmm….yeah but he’ll eat any tomato you place in front of him.

The next day I sliced up the second one and made a sandwich with it:  just tomato slices, white bread, mayo and salt.  I bit into it, still waiting to be disappointed.

IT WAS DELICIOUS!  I couldn’t believe it.  Juicy and flavorful.  I was sad that I only bought two.

The Merrimack Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday afternoon 3-6 in the Vault parking lot (better known as the old Zyla’s), 526 Daniel Webster Hwy.  That’s tomorrow.  Ledge Top is an organic farm.  Look for them and their tomatoes.

Opening Day in Nashua Rain or Shine

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Downpours all morning turned the grand opening of the new and improved Nashua Main Street Farmer’s Market into a soft opening with a few hardy vendors in attendance.  By noontime, the rain lightened and Nashua’s Country Dreams Farm was selling summer squash, zucchini, Walla Walla onions, rhubarb and strawberries.  Garlic scapes were already gone to those that braved the weather earlier.

Also from Nashua, Dirty Girl CSA, in its first year of production thanks to a locally famous start-up campaign through Kickstarter, was selling early greens and radishes, as well as tomato seedlings, T-shirts and stickers.

Fred’s Farm made the hour and half long trip from Alexandria and was selling a great variety of salad and cooking greens, all organic, all harvested hours earlier. Spiczka Farm from Dunstable, MA featured early peas and strawberries.

DJ’s Pure Natural Honey from Manchester, Celeste Oliva’s Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from Concord, 50 Buick Rooster from Nashua (selling plants and birdhouses) and Rubino’s Gluten Free Italian Cookies were all also at the market today, everyone with great spirits despite the slower business.

This is what I picked up at the Nashua Farmer's Market on 6/21/15
This is what I picked up at the Nashua Farmer’s Market on 6/21/15

I picked up some squash, radishes and an onion to roast up. I may get adventurous and cook up the radish greens – something I’ve never tried before – perhaps into a frittata.  Check this space for a hopeful success story on that.  Oh yes, and of course some strawberries, perfectly ripe.

The Grand Opening has been rescheduled for next Sunday, June, 28th, where they expect around 20 vendors.  I’ll be there! Main Street Bridge and Pearson Ave, Nashua, NH.