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Farmer’s Market Bounty

It’s possible I went a little overboard at the Ballard Farmer’s Market today… But look at all that gorgeous fruit!

Now the serious canning starts. This is the first attempt at making “traditional” jam without pectin. Wish me luck!

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Tomato season!

This morning I harvested (and quickly ate) my first home-grown tomato of the season. A tiny cherry tomato, off of my “Sweet 100” plant.

The first of the season - delicious and beautiful

I hope that you have had the chance in your life to eat a tomato, freshly picked. There is nothing in the world quite like it. Sweet, tangy, and with a taste that can only be described as “summer.” Those tomatoes that you buy at the grocery store? Even the “local” organic tomatoes don’t come anywhere close to the flavor of a truly fresh tomato.

Tomatoes are beginning to show up at the farmers market, and I plan on buying a lot of them. Many I will eat right away, to supplement the supply from my three tomato plants. Many I will can, as whole tomatoes, as tomato sauce, and maybe even as marinara, if I’m feeling adventurous.

This year I also want to try oven drying/roasting and freezing grape tomatoes, like this beautiful batch over at Food In Jars (one of my new favorite blogs). I think I’m going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen the next few weeks. I’m excited.

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