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A Taste of the Fruits of the Season: Heirloom Tomatoes & Blackberries

July 10, 2012

Our Heirloom Tomatoes are ready for harvesting and we have several varieties available to share with you this year.  Meet our Heirlooms in the photo below: (from left to right) Cherokee Purple, Pruden’s Purple, Moskvich, Valencia, and Yellow Pear.

The beautiful Cherokee Purples with their dark green shoulders and dusky pink exteriors, boast full sweet flavor with a smoky, almost chipotle essence.  Pruden’s Purple ripens to a dark pink and has a wonderful sweet flavor.  The Moskvich tomatoes have deep red, smooth skins and are what you would think of as conventional store bought tomatoes, but with a richer taste.

Then there are the strikingly orange Valencias with their meaty interiors.  Last but not least, Yellow Pears with their mild flavor and low acidity.  A great salad tomato or eat them for a quick snack as Althea does.  She can often be found slowly making her way through the yellow pear vines, feasting on the lemon yellow fruits!

Last Sunday at the Marshall Island Market all of our Heirloom varieties were flying off the table!  I didn’t get a chance to take a picture until nearly half of them were sold.

Finally a big welcome to Blackberry season!  We have been picking them here and there on our morning walks for a couple of weeks now.

They have been super tart and delicious in Blackberry Rhubarb Pie.  (Rhubarb from Doubletree Farm)  Now that they have had a chance to mature, they are sweeter and ready to for snacking.

Place your order for pick up at the Weaverville Tailgate Market and the Mars Hill Market or stop by the Marshall Island Market to taste the new fruits of the season.

With Love~

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