This is the time of year when my heart yearns for fresh. Fresh tomatoes, fresh corn, fresh cucumbers. Those are a few things that I really only eat in the summer. Why? Because they are FRESH.
We all know what winter tomatoes are like – baseballs. Cucumbers in winter come from who-knows-where, and corn? Forget anything but canned or frozen in winter.
The other day I found a roadside produce stand that had all of the above and even had berries, cabbage, and other stuff. I was thrilled. There were plump red tomatoes, and purply-red heirloom tomatoes. As the guy from the fruitstand said about the heirloom offering, “They’re ugly as sin, but the taste is amazing.” He was so right. Tender, meaty, juicy, and oh, so delicious.
We didn’t grow any tomatoes this year; not even cherry tomatoes, which makes me sad. Spring was busy with school finishing up, graduations, and book signings, and then early summer was more of the same. Fortunately, we live in an area where Amish and local-farmer pop-up stands are plentiful. I don’t have to grow fresh to eat fresh. Thank Goodness.
I mean, what is better than crisp bacon and a thick slice – or two- of tomato?
What is your favorite summertime food? Do you all things grilled? Fresh berries? Homemade ice cream? Let’s get this conversation started! You caught me at lunchtime, and I’m looking for suggestions for great eats!
Wait . . . did I mention macaroni salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and VIDALIA ONIONS??? Oh my . . .