While the tomato blight may be wiping out certain conventional breeds, heirlooms seem to be flourishing. We saw big, small, round, heart-shaped, knobby, red, yellow, green, orange, and purple tomatoes at the Union Square market today. They were everywhere.
They were absolutely gorgeous, too. We wish our photo did them justice. And there were definitely more bushels of heirlooms than anything else, which we're attributing to the blight; less-commercial species must be weathering it better than more mass-produced crops.
We loved the mix-and-match buckets that farmers were selling. A bunch of multi-colored tomatoes chopped up together really needs nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper to be a beautiful dish. We're also dreaming of a perfect tomato sandwich with red, orange, and yellow slices.
What else was at the market today? A lot. It's prime time for produce in the Northeast right now—we saw eggplant, squash, peaches, plums, pluots, berries, big bunches of herbs, and huge flats of okra:
And in case we need any more nudge to enjoy the market right now, we also saw apples. In a few months, that's all we'll see...
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(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)