It pays to get to know your local farmers! Provident Organic Farm is one of the vendors at the outdoor farmer’s market here in Easton and they send out an email every week to let you know what they’ll have for sale. This week’s missive proclaimed, “Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!” So, I knew this was the week to stock up.
I walked up to pay for three quarts of tomatoes and the farmer said, “Looks like somebody’s going to do some canning!” Well, I’ll be freezing, not canning, but I didn’t want to mince words. I said, “Sure will!”
He offered to let me go through all of his tomatoes and pick the ripest ones. And then, he said I could take some of his over-ripe freebies, since I’d be doing the work in the next day or two. And then, he said he’d charge me by the pound.
Let’s just say, he practically paid me to take away those tomatoes. Really, I did help him out by taking a lot of the fruit that wouldn’t have survived the day.
All in all, I ended up with nearly five pounds of tomatoes. I also picked up:
More tomatoes! Little grape and cherry tomatoes to snack on.
A mini watermelon
Another rosemary plant (the last one didn’t thrive on neglect, unfortunately…)
Pulled bison BBQ (Finally! I’d been checking in with this farm for weeks asking for their bbq. It’s so good.)
And a couple of unmentionables (gifts for folks who read this blog)
And, since I hadn’t eaten before departing for the market, a sugar waffle and a cup of lemonade, both of which I snarfed down right quick.