A Toast To The Tomato
The farmer’s market is quickly getting over populated with produce. Corn, carrots, beans, autumn strawberries, bushels of cucumbers, peppers, romas and the last of the over sized heirloom tomatoes.
These are enormous visions of beauty. Flavours of my childhood garden, only in colours, I never then could have imagined.
I kind of feel for the end of the summer tomatoes. Not quite yet, but soon, their leaves swill lightly yellow and the once primped, fawned plants will begin to limp as the luscious fruit rests towards the ground. They’ll never the chance to fully ripen, just slowly producing age spots from the neglect of an over consuming August.
As a perfect accompaniment to summer and just about any dinner, a simple, rustic tomato salad is so quick to make; a few tomatoes, torn basil, balsamic vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper, is all it takes to celebrate this end of an era.