Tomato Poste

(Bruschetta mix, Sept. 2006)

I’ve been dealing with a lot of tomatoes lately (hence the play on words in the title). We don’t have our own garden here at Breezy Acres because we’re surrounded by farms that do all the work for us. All we have to do is show up for the harvest, fork over a few dollars (very few…it’s cheaper to buy directly from local farmers than from the grocery store and/or fancy markets), and a good part of that harvest is ours for the taking home. If you want it even cheaper, you can pick your own. We’re getting too old and lazy for that although it’s not entirely unheard of as we sometimes enjoy the exercise and being outside. Or sometimes we just want the extra discount that comes with picking it yourself.

A few months ago I was dealing in broccoli. Lovely, green, gorgeous broccoli. The broccoli from the local farm is so much tastier than what I buy from the grocery store. I signed up for the 15 lb. bag — 15 lbs. of broccoli for $10.00. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen 15 lbs. of broccoli, but it’s a lot of broccoli! It comes in one of those humongous black garbage bags. As I was blanching and bagging the broccoli for freezing, it seemed to me that it was one of those never-empty garbage bags. The broccoli just kept coming and coming out of that bag. Two days later, I finally reached the end. We’ll be eating local broccoli for the next year. Or at least through this winter. It’ll be a little reminder of the taste of summer.

As for the tomatoes, I’ve been mixing them with the basil that’s growing on my front porch. Somehow or another basil comes in about the same time as the tomatoes. Tomatoes and fresh basil are an amazing combination. I mix the tomatoes, diced, with chopped basil, fresh red onions (also from the local farm), fresh garlic (I might have to do a whole entry on the garlic), extra virgin olive oil, and a few splashes of a really nice balsamic vinegar. Toast some crusty bread with a little freshly grated parmesan cheese, top it with the tomato mixture, and you have a lovely taste of summer freshness.

I always feel especially thankful this time of year. The harvest is quite bountiful and it reminds me to count my blessings in life. Not that I don’t try to do that on a daily basis. I do. But sometimes work and life and the stresses and routines of life get in the way of that rememberance that life is good and that I have everything I need if I’d just take the time to turn around and acknowledge it.

But I’m human and sometimes….having your husband bring home a large box of tomatoes isn’t easy to be thankful for. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of these tomatoes. Even our friends are sick of them.

Could be worse….at least we’re not dealing with zucchini!

Hi to my sister, T. Thanks for dropping by! Love you, too. :))