There are smiles aplenty at Restoration Farm. The heirloom tomatoes - the crown jewels of the summer harvest - are in full array.
At distribution, we are each offered pounds upon pounds of colorful tomatoes – heirlooms, slicers, Sun Gold, grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. My biceps flex as I lift the bag.
Heirlooms are that sweet spot where the sun just briefly kisses the earth leaving swatches of brilliant color. And they are exceptionally sweet this season at Restoration Farm.
The taste is almost impossible to describe – tart, bright, sweet, meaty, clean, sunny, fruity, acidic, rich – or the sum of all such adjectives. Words just don’t seem sufficient.
Pop them like candy …
Or slice them atop sandwiches …
Just don’t cook the life out of them.
For me, a fresh Heirloom Caprese Salad is the way to go, adorned with fresh mozzarella and basil from the garden.
No recipe. No heat. Just sweet, brilliant summer glistening on a platter. Sheer happiness.
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