My fledgling tomato plants measure 16-inches tall–I just went outside with my ruler to double-check. So how is it possible Carpenter’s Greenhouse and Organic Produce(Allen, Michigan) is selling beautiful Michigan tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market?
“We begin germinating the tomato seeds in-house in January,” said Rich, one of the gentlemen who sold me the tomatoes at Wednesday’s Kerrytown Farmer’s Market. “When they are about 1-foot high, they are moved into the greenhouse. It costs us $400 a day to heat the greenhouse!” he added.
Fair enough, I thought, fishing $2.75 out of my bag. I’m more than happy to shell out the cash for two big, juicy locally-grown tomatoes, not to mention the luxury of savoring Michigan-grown tomatoes in May.
I purchased an eggplant from the People’s Food Coop, about the same width as the tomatoes to use for stacking. A slice of fresh mozzarella would be also delicious sandwiched into the deck; if using fresh mozzarella, eliminate the feta. (Note: While I’ve got the grill going, I’m also grilling zucchini, tomatoes, fennel and onions for tomorrow’s dinnerFeed of Chilled Grilled Vegetable Soup.)
Happy Memorial Day! Perhaps the long weekend will offer you more time to relax and fire up the grill, and the following recipe for Hot Slaw and Shoulder Sliders has been a family favorite for generations. My millennial son, Zan, is getting married to Lucy in 4 weeks, I’m hosting a party the night before the wedding, the boy wants mama’s … Full recipe post »
The burger – be it White Castle or Farmer’s Market Veggie-Grain – could be the most telling testimonial, the most apt memoir of the 20th and early 21st century American palate. Little sis “Slider” drills into this hypothesis. The Slider, especially, is suited to our national temperament and accommodates our multitasking lifestyle. It’s easily held in one … Full recipe post »
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