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.
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.