Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Perfect New England Dinner, Vegetarian Style

Tonight, we ate the tomatoes and corn we bought a couple of days ago at Wilson Farms. I love, love, love the perfect New England-grown produce we're getting now. We're a few weeks behind warmer parts of the country, but that just means we get to stretch out that taste of summer a little longer.

Interestingly, although the "regular" (read: outstanding) red tomatoes were so dead ripe they were practically bursting out of their skins (no doubt because we didn't eat them the moment we came home on Sunday), they paled in comparison to a single, gigantic heirloom called a Brandywine. Jim tells me that many people believe the Brandywine to be the finest of all heirloom tomatoes, and I can't disagree.

Tomatoes with fresh basil and mozzarella. Corn with butter and a sprinkling of salt. The calendar says that autumn begins on Thursday, but if I can, I'll eat my fill of summer until the first frost.

2 Comments:

Blogger David said...

We're growing Brandywines in our backyard. And while I do love 'em, I don't think they're perfect. They're a little to sweet for me.

Wilson Farms is great, but for simple locally grown stuff, we like to support smaller places like Busa Farm (on the Lex/Arl line on Lowell St near the Res).

8:15 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Good point. In fact, I recommend that everyone support his or her local farm stand or farmer's market. Next year, Jim and I are thinking of buying a community share through Busa's (we were too late to sign up this year).

The Wilson Farms tomatoes are their own, of course--grown right on the store property (or at their other farm in New Hampshire). So we're still getting fresh, fresh, fresh. But it is indeed a bigger operation than some.

8:25 AM  

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