I remember the first time I ate an heirloom tomato. It was a few years ago. A group of us went out to lunch after quilt guild. There was an heirloom tomato salad on the menu. To be honest, I'm not a big vegetable eater, but I decided to give it a try. Wow! It was unbelievably delicious. My all knowing friends told me about a produce stand where I could buy them.
I stopped on the way home and bought a couple to bring home. Two tomatoes cost me over $5.00, but I knew it was worth it. My husband was skeptical and thought that I had gotten ripped off, until he tasted one, We became converts. Our favorite variety is Brandywine.
This week we made our annual trek to Lancaster to stock up on tomatoes. I'm sure we will go again, but this time it was for lots of tomatoes to cook and save for the winter. My husband just loves to cook. He'll make sauce and roasted tomatoes for future meals. This was his best purchase:
I don't know if you can see the price written on the box in the upper right corner. It says $3.00. Yes, $3.00 for a box full of plum tomatoes. We didn't weigh the box, but it was heavy, really heavy, probably about 30 lbs. I know where my husband will be for the next few days.
I love driving around Lancaster County this time of year. Tomatoes are abundant and there are produce stands everywhere. They come in all shapes and sizes. Many of them work on the honor system for paying.
Another thing I love when driving around are all the hand made signs for selling the produce.
Vegetable folk art?
I even managed to stop and buy some fabric.
Yes, this is fabric!
I'm not really sure what I will make with these fabrics, but you can tell I was in the tomato mood.
And of course we had to buy tomatoes to eat right away.
Brandywine tomato bruschetta was the star of our dinner. Yum.
So my WW is a tribute to summer trips to Lancaster County and all those beautiful and tasty tomatoes and those great signs made to sell them.
I could become a vegetarian.
They can eat cake. Right?