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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!


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.

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.