I try really hard to only buy what’s in season. I try really hard to only buy local. But I can only eat so much kale, squash and beets all winter…
I buy the occasional zucchini and cucumber from California…bananas from Mexico…I’m only human.
But to my complete shock and surprise, I walked into the co-op yesterday and saw these
in front of my eyes, with a sign stating:
“Local & Organic”
Local tomatoes in the middle of March?! Omfg. Thank my lucky stars.
I so needed this. I’ve been craving a good tomato gazpacho but found no worthy tomatoes. As much as I would love to eat these like an apple with some maldon salt & pepper…I’m going to hold out.
My gazpacho is really simple. It’s something my nana used to make in the summertime when I was a kid. Always at the peak of summer when there was an abundance of ripe tomatoes. All I do is grate tomatoes on the large hole of a grater until I have 1 cup, usually 3 or 4 medium tomatoes. You’ll be left with the tomato skin in your hand. I usually toss it in the garbage…anybody have an idea of how to use them? Then I grate a clove of garlic (or two) on a smaller hole and mix it well. You could blend with an emulsion blender if you wish. Salt & pepper and drizzle some good olive oil on top. That’s it. Easy! This is a dish that you must salt properly, otherwise the flavors will not pop like they should. Taste, season and taste again.
My nana always served this with Italian bread for dipping. As good as it is like that, I think I’ll opt for some cucumber spaghetti and mango. Yes, a bit odd with the mango but I thought it would be a nice counterpart to the garlic and cucumber.
I swear I can smell the fresh veggies just by looking at this picture. This picture was sometime in August last year. Tomatoes on the left, sweet corn on the right, basil up front. I tried a lot of things last year to see what would do best in my soil. I’m going to do a lot of beets, carrots and potatoes this year.
I cannot WAIT to start planting! I changed my mind a few times about what permanent crops I’m going to plant and I’m still undecided about what kind of trees, apricot or cherry…but it’s coming together slowly. The only thing I’m a little aggravated at myself for is why did I not put winter veg in my greenhouse?!!! I could have had a bunch of goodies in there. I guess I was just too busy in the fall to think about it. I’m going to stick a big post-it on my head next winter to make sure I do that. Would have loved to have some kale and winter lettuces in there!