We are celebrating a wedding this afternoon and our good friends and housemates Mark and Vanessa will be running the show today in Storrs. Stop by and say hi (and do all your vegetable shopping for the week!). I just read the alert that the devastating late blight has been spotted in CT. This is the death knoll for tomatoes and potatoes. Our new field has been remarkably disease free and hopefully we have some time before it moves in. Hot dry weather will help keep it at bay.
This does mean that now is the best time to be putting tomatoes away for the winter. I just packed the freezer with big batches of tomato sauce and gazpacho. Check out Mark Bittman’s recipe from the New York Times Magazine for some ideas. He has for a long time given great variety of recipes based on single ingredients. So check out the back log for what to do with root vegetables, or cabbage, etc.
For a very simple sauce, I just start with onion and sauté it at the bottom of a big pot for a few minutes. I add chopped garlic and continue cooking while I core and roughly chop tomato after tomato into the pot. I fill it right up with any kind of tomato. I don’t peel or seed anything. It simmers in its own juice as I stir it from time to time. Let it cook as long as you like. (It gets thicker when it cools down) If you run out of time, you can still freeze it and just finish the cooking in December.
Anyway, on the stand this week, aside from Tomatoes, you’ll find :
And don’t forget to take home one of Vanessa’s bouquets of cut flowers.
See you next week,
Jonathan and Charlotte