The harvest of summer vegetables has been steadily increasing. Included in this bounty are eggplant, peppers and yes, tomatoes. It has arrived – the season of the tomato! This week’s CSA share will include tomatoes. We will also have plenty to sell at the market this week, and it is most definitely a market week you will not want to miss. It is time for the 2nd Annual Peach Jam Festival! The Festival is a three-day event, featured at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market on Thursday, June 28th, the East Lake Farmers Market on Saturday, June 30th and at the Grant Park Farmers Market on Sunday, July 1st.
Tomato Origin and History: The tomato originated as a wild variety which grew in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The first cultivation can be traced to the Aztecs. It was in the Aztec marketplace that the Spanish Conquistadors learned of this fruit and eventually took seeds to Europe in the 16th century. The plant thrived in the Mediterranean climate and quickly developed into a staple of these region’s cuisines. Eventually the plant made its way back to the Americas from Europe with the early American colonists.
Health and Nutrition: Tomatoes are good sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Niacin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Calcium. They also contain the nutrient lycopene, which is known for its disease fighting abilities. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. It is known to be protective against various cancers and may help prevent heart disease. However, for those interested in acid vs. alkaline foods, tomatoes are acidifying.
PEACH AND TOMATO SALAD
Chop tomatoes and peaches in large pieces. Add some fresh thyme. Add crumbled goat cheese (or gorgonzola) and toss with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.
This is a great recipe shared by our very own Rachel Hennon, which emphasizes the tomato as the fruit it really is. And what better way to eat this fruit then to combine it with some Georgia peaches.