Thursday, August 24, 2006

Grapevine August 27 Market

--What's coming to the Market this week?
--Tomato Mania!

What's coming to the Market this week?

From cantaloupes to watermelons, you will have your choice of melons this weekend. Blueberry season is starting to wind down but you should still be able to find some this weekend. Blackberries, strawberries and raspberries should be readily available. There will be plenty of peaches and nectarines. As for apples, you should find Gravensteins and William's Pride.

There will be plenty of tomatoes this weekend. You should find many varieties of eggplants and cucumbers this Sunday too. Pole beans, lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, cabbage, broccoli, summer squash and a whole lot more will be in good supply too. Check the availability list for details.

Tomato Mania!

Tomato Mania is the market's annual tomato celebration. We'll have samples of all the tomato varieties available this weekend. This is your chance to try something new.

There are many great ways to prepare tomatoes. Below is a simple recipe using tomatoes and summer squash.

Summer Squash with Tomato

2 lbs squash and/or zucchini, sliced
1 bell pepper (choose your color), seeded and sliced
1 large tomato, peeled and cut into wedges
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Combine the olive oil, onion, garlic, pepper and sliced squash in a large saucepan and place on medium high heat. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Once the vegetables begin to brown, remove from heat and cover.

Place the tomatoes in a separate frying pan and place on medium high heat. Cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Once some of the tomato juice has evaporated, add the tomatoes to the other vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste.

This dish can be as a side dish or you can add a tubular pasta like penne and you have a main dish. You spice things up a little with a pinch of crushed red pepper too