|A basket of assorted tomatoes from Dargatz Family Farm|
I have to admit, I was so excited to see the small baskets of assorted mini tomatoes at Dargatz Family Farm's booth this past week at the market. Forget the first crops of radishes and spinach to come off the local fields: to me, that one simple sighting of assorted mini tomatoes marks the beginning of true market season. It is the beauty, the variety and the differing tastes that excite me.
|Bags of mini yellow cherry and zebra tomatoes at S4|
|When market season really gets going,|
this is what you can find!
Colin Dargatz loves to experiment in the field and greenhouse, growing different varieties of weird and wonderful, traditional and heirloom varieties of hot peppers, herbs (including wonderful ones to experiment with like lovage, which easily replaces celery in any soup or stew recipe, and sorrel, with its incredible, lemony tang) and tomatoes alike.
Going to his booth is like going on a treasure hunt. Each week there is a new hidden gem to find.
Talking to Colin, or his brother Keith, is fascinating. There is a passion there for growing and experimentation, a pride of ownership and a decidedly artistic sensibility. Great care is taken in bringing an incredibly wide assortment of items to market. Due to the incredible variety of items they bring, it is important to hit their booth early when you come to the market so that the widest selection of treasures is available... they often bring only a small amount of each item.
|A basket of assorted heirloom varieties, including|
the "fireworks" tomato with its starburst patterning.
- significantly reduce the risk of many cancers (prostate, breast, endometrial, cervical, lung, stomach, pancreatic, esophageal, oral),
- improve eye health and reduce the risk of age-related macular regeneration,
- inhibit heart disease & reduce blood pressure, and
- reduce oxidative stress in bone disease in post menopausal women
recipe: chicken with assorted market-fresh mini tomatoes
This is a very quick & easy recipe to make. A simple topping of wonderfully tangy mixed cherry tomatoes makes this very delicious and beautiful/ Experiment with the variety available at our market.
Cooking the tomatoes boosts their antioxidant availability & gives them a richer, more intense flavour. Cooking tomatoes also significantly increases our intestinal absorption of them, increasing the impact of their health benefits on our body systems. And carotenoids, found in tomatoes, are fat-soluble nutrients, so you need to eat them with a little fat, like the olive oil in this recipe, to take full advantage of them.
|Chicken with Mini Market Tomatoes|
½ t. kosher salt, divided
1/4 t. finely ground black pepper, divided
1 T. olive oil
4c. red &/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. chopped fresh flat leaved parsley
2 T. water
2 T. white wine vinegar
- Dargatz Family Farm & S4 Greenhouses carry cherry tomatoes.
- Dargatz Family Farm & Holden Colony sell parsley.
- Sunworks Organic Farm sells organic, free-range chicken breasts
Nutritional info from The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S. and
Recipe from The New Sonoma Cookbook: Simple Recipes for a Healthy, More Delicious Way To Live, by Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD, p. 131
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