I heart Sungold cherry tomatoes. I heart them so much that my one and only vegetable plant is a Sungold tomato plant. I eat them like candy. They never make it to a salad or pasta dish. I just scarf the lot of them down, either out of the pint, like these from Stoney Plains, or right off the plant. They are sweet, low-acid cherry tomatoes that are nothing short of divine, and because they are fast to mature, they are one of the first tomatoes from the Westside we get to enjoy each year.
Pea season is waning, so enjoy them while you can. In fact, these snow peas from Alm Hill will make short work of dinner for you, with minimal heating of your kitchen. Think stir fry. They are sweet, crunchy, and satisfying. Heck, you can toss them with pasta, beef or fish, too. In fact, Chef Jeff Marshall of Bizzarro might just do that during his cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. Crazy, I know.
Eggplant season, on the other hand, is just getting started. On hot summer nights, I add eggplant to my list of grillables, like this Japanese eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. I slice it in half, length-wise, then I lather it down with olive oil, salt and pepper it, and toss it on the grill alongside whatever else is on the grilling menu for the evening. It roasts up amazingly -- tender and delicious, with that lovely smokiness of the grill. And it is so simple.
And it's cucumber season, too! Just take a gander at these lovely slicing cukes from Full Circle Farm. Picture them with some fresh mozzarella from Golden Glen Creamery, and some fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes from Billy's for a nice Caprese salad. Yummers!
And don't forget some juicy stone fruit for dessert. The market is loaded with it right now, like these unusual nectarcots from Collins Family Orchards. These are the latest hybridized stone fruit -- 70% nectarine and 30% apricot. They are plenty fleshy and juicy, while having a less sweet, very deep and complex flavor. Why not give them a try tonight?
Of course, this is just a highlighting of what you will find today for your weekend festivities, and for the rest of the week. There is still plenty of other stuff just waiting for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market this week. For a full accounting of what you will find, click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.