Where to begin? The West End Farmers Market Tomato Festival takes place from 9:00-2:00 tomorrow, so that should be reason enough to get out of bed before noon. This week’s feature tomato of the week is the ….
A Russian heirloom. This favourite heirloom tomato was named after the operatic artist who won acclaim as an advocate of equal rights for people of colour. His artistry was admired world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union. This “black” beefsteak tomato is slightly flattened, round, and grows to 4-inches. It’s deep, rich colours set it apart from others…a dusky, dark-red tomato with dark-green shoulders, and red flesh in it’s centre. A very flavourful fruit, with luscious, earthy flavours and a good sweet/acid balance.
We are now at the height of the local farmers market season. In addition to last week’s offerings, you will be able to choose from between 4-5 varieties of melons, apples (the Mac’s just arrived last week!), squash, and an ever-increasing variety of both sweet and hot peppers. Be sure check out the most delicious selection of plums that can be found in the Lower Mainland. Varieties include Sugar, Lionheart, Amber, and, my personal favourite, Santa Rosa. Seriously, if you have given up on finding a tasty plum, give these little guys a chance to change your mind.