Don’t Waste the Last Days of Tomato Season

It is my firm belief that a day should not go by in August without tomatoes and corn.  And yes, you should eat the corn the day you pick it!  You already knew that, though.

Well, today is the last day of August.  There will still be corn, but the great days of tomatoes will soon be gone, so eat up!

Tasty!
Tasty!

There are two ways to eat tomatoes in August: the tomato sandwich, which I have already posted about, and cut up (sliced, nice and pretty, or just chopped up in large, “rustic” pieces, as I usually do it) with a little red wine vinegar and olive oil, salt or garlic salt, and maybe some parsley.  Sometimes a bit of red onion. (Check out the juice in the bowl of tomatoes at the top of the page. That’s 90% tomato juice right there, from two huge tomatoes from Country Dreams Farm at the Nashua Farmer’s Market.)

It’s this tomato “salad” that I eat every day until they start to become mealy.  That’s when the season is over and you couldn’t pay me to eat another tomato until next August.  (Well, truth be told, I’ll eat those cherry tomatoes you find all year at the supermarket, but those are not local, so let’s not talk about it. shhhh!)

Sliced Ugli ripe Tomatoes with oil, vinegar and garlic
Sliced Ugli ripe Tomatoes with oil, vinegar and garlic

Yes, I know some will read this and shout “BASIL!!  Where’s the basil??”  Well, I just never grew up with basil, I guess.  I like the clean, grassy taste of parsley.  You can have basil, if you want.  And mozzarella.  Mozzarella just takes up valuable tomato space in my belly.

How do you eat your summer tomatoes?

Visiting Pauly’s Self-Serve in Nashua

The sign says “Corn”, but there’s more than that at the stand in the front yard of a small farm on Buckmeadow Road in Nashua.  I stopped by “Pauly’s Self-Serve” today expecting just corn, but finding an impressive selection of tomatoes, as well as cukes, summer squash and eggplant.  The price sign listed more items, including maple syrup, so it looks like the offerings rotate.

I grabbed some (delicious!) corn at 50 cents an ear and plan to return.  A good looking stand for your summer basics and maybe the only one outside of Hayward’s for South Nashua.  The farm and stand is at 43 Buckmeadow Road in Nashua — halfway between Main Dunstable and Ridge.

Pauly's Self-Serve Farm Stand at 43 Buckmeadow Rd. in Nashua.
Pauly’s Self-Serve Farm Stand at 43 Buckmeadow Rd. in Nashua.

Local Corn at Shaw’s in Milford

Just a quick note to let you know that I found corn from Brookdale Farm in Hollis at Shaw’s in Milford earlier this week.

I’ll also add to this that Hannaford’s in Hudson, NH was advertising Brookdale produce at their entrance last week, but I didn’t have the time to go in and check it out.  I’m guessing it’s still there.

Happy Shopping!

Sign at the Hudson, NH Hannaford Supermarket.
Sign at the Hudson, NH Hannaford Supermarket.