Tag Archives: Nashua Farmer’s Market

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?

Advertisements

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.