The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about "farm fresh" food is the tomato. Everyone knows that a tomato from your backyard, your neighbor's garden, the farmer's market, or your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share tastes AMAZING. Period. I look forward to the first BLT as soon as I see the crocus and daffodils and garlic poking their shoots above ground.
But what about in September?
By September, I've eaten my fill of fresh summer tomatoes. I've had them in BLTs, on toast with lots of mayo and Crazy Jane's salt, in panzanella and caprese salads.
While they are still delicious, I am beyond satiated.
When they keep on coming until frost, I need to have ways to store this deliciousness. And when that bounty comes in my CSA share, I've already paid for these tomatoes and I don't want my money to go to waste!
So here on Farm Fresh Feasts I will share how I make the most of the local, seasonal produce that I am overwhelmed with in the hope that it will help you put more food on your table and less in the compost bin. Or trash can, if you're not composting (yet).
Every year I get thrown for a loop by a new-to-me fruit or vegetable. The first year I did a CSA it was sorrel, and I still don't know what I'd do with it if it showed up in the box. Please let me know what fruit or vegetable you're having trouble using. We will all learn something.
To make it easy to find recipes, I've created a Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient. Coupled with How to Use This Blog, these tools will help readers make the most of their farmer's efforts. Thank you!