Shopping tips for fresh local produce

by Big Cedar Lodge 16. June 2010 16:13

Tomatoes, Ozark or Arkansas, in my opinion are some of the best in the country. They are great because of the rich soil they grow in and the good amount of sun they receive over the summer. The tomato is a sun loving fruit. These tomatoes are so good most people can eat them like an apple with a little bit of salt. One of my favorite sandwiches in the summer is a sliced tomato on wheat bread with a little mayonnaise and salt and pepper, or a BLT with avocado on toasted wheat bread.

The best place to buy these tomatoes will be your local farmers market. Most of the tomatoes are grown by local farmers in a field not in a hot house, which is your best option.

Look for tomatoes that are a little gnarly and not uniformed. Also, when you squeeze them they need to have a little give, this means they are ripe and ready to eat. If you are not going to eat them right away you can buy them a little firmer and store them on your window sill. NEVER store tomatoes in the refrigerator. The perfect place to store them is on your window sill until they are ready to eat.

So if you have not eaten a good tomato in years and you live in the Ozarks get out to your local farmers market and enjoy all there is to offer.

 

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