In Search of the Perfect Tomato
I don't know about you, but for myself, homegrown tomatoes are the best part of summer. Those ripe, red globes of juicy flesh beckon to me even in my sleep. But finding a truly delicious tomato isn't as easy at it might seem.
Initially, I didn't think the task of finding what I think to be a good-tasting tomato would be any trouble at all. Family members and friends grow their own tomatoes. Should they not have any tomatoes to spare there are always plenty of roadside stands and farmer's markets selling fresh produce. It should be a tomato lover's paradise!
But our area had a very wet spring that extended into a very wet summer. We certainly had the heat requisite for the tomato plants and their fruits, but what we lacked was adequate sunshine. Between the plants having roots too wet and inadequate sunshine, the fruits produced this year seem to be lacking in their usual taste.
I've eaten tomatoes given to me by friends and family, enjoying them to a point, but none of them filling the taste and texture combined that I desired.
I am happy to report that with a visit to my local farmer's market this evening, I found what is to me a delectable tomato. Even better than simply being homegrown, these fruits were grown organically. I bought a few to try, then went right back to the market to buy two more quarts. For the next few days I will be enjoying what to me is the ambrosia of summer -- and revisiting the farmer's market next week.
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