It is the end of the heirloom tomato season for us, and although we have a handful of ripe tomatoes, we have lots and lots of beautiful green tomatoes.
What to do? … Make lemonade out of lemons!
Actually many folks really like green tomatoes which are still edible, delicious, and good for many things. And our green tomatoes were all heirloom wannabees and are even more delicious than regular hybrid green tomatoes. Just try them and see!
For starters, you can try the popular Fried Green Tomato. Simply slice your tomatoes, coat with flour, dip into a milk and egg mixture (2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk) and then dredge through 1/2 cup each of cornmeal and breadcrumbs with some salt and pepper. Fry in oil and enjoy!
I also like the Green Tomato Cobbler. Melt about a stick of butter in the bottom of a baking dish. Mix about 3 cups of sliced green tomatoes with sugar and let them rest (use more or less than 1/2 cup of sugar). Make a batter with milk (3/4 cup), self-rising flour (3/4 cup), and another 1/2 cup sugar. Pour batter on top of butter and place sliced tomatoes on top of batter without stirring. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees. So good!
There are just hundreds of ways green tomatoes can be used. Try making wonderful pickle dishes, a flaky biscuit, tangy salsa, a spicy relish, a delightful pasta sauce, a delicious bundt cake, a savory green tomato pie, or even green tomato mint sorbet.
You can find plenty of other green tomato recipes online, or simply use your favorite salsa or tomato pasta sauce recipe and just substitute green tomatoes.
What’s Available This Week
We regret we are unable to attend the Wednesday Crooked Hammock HLFM market this week. But please visit us at Hattie’s Garden on Thursday & Friday from 2 to 5 located at 31341 Kendale Road in Lewes, or at the Saturday HLFM from 8 to noon located at George H.P. Smith Park (Block House Pond). This week we will have:
- Loose Leaf Lettuce — Salad greens are back! Triple-washed and kept cold for you in our coolers.
- Arugula — Triple-washed and kept cold for you in our coolers.
- Mesclun — Triple-washed and kept cold for you in our coolers.
- Heirloom Tomatoes — Limited.
- Green Tomatoes — All sizes. These tomatoes have most of the same health benefits as red tomatoes, with almost the same amount of beta-carotene. Enjoy eating them fried, sautéed, in stews or sauces or even pickled. They are rich in antioxidants and B vitamins and may even help fight cancer.
- Cherry Tomatoes — Mixed pints in all colors and sizes.
- Fresh Young Ginger — Mild and tender enough to eat raw in salads, it has an almost translucent skin that is so thin it doesn’t need peeling; you can practically rub it off. Just wash it and trim the cut surfaces.
- Herbs — Fresh-cut Rosemary, English Thyme, Lemon Thyme, and Oregano.
- Specialty Cut Flowers — Bouquets this week will include plenty of zinnias, gomphrena, celosia and more. Stunning and colorful and guaranteed to last a week. We can also prepare a custom bouquet on the spot.
Yours in the Garden & Markets,