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Hey Kids, It’s Tomato Time
Having had enough of summer chores, Sour Cherry Farm headed to the Jersey Shore. And, besides the beach, what’s better in Jersey in August than tomatoes?
We saw this little roadside place — called Matt’s Farm Stand, at the corner of Route 71 and Eighteenth St. — last year when we spent a week in Spring Lake, but we didn’t shop there much because our kitchen there was so tiny. But this year, as guests at the palatial oceanfront house of Kelli and Patrick, we knew there’d be plenty of room.
So we stocked up.
Peaches. (Sorry Schwenks!)
Blackberries. (Again, our apologies.)
A bunch of different varieties of watermelons.
Peppers, squash, cucumbers.
Plus, garlic, onions and tomatillos. Oh yes, and to the right, eggplant.
And everyone’s favorite vegetable of summer: Jersey Corn.
Noticing the peaches and blackberries--(I must admit to a tinge of jealousy)---you really should try to make peach/blackberry jam....I made some...but we haven't eaten any yet....we are waiting are cooler days when our longing for blackberries is great.
I also think a peach/blackberry cobbler or gallete (I think that is what you guys make)....would taste grand too.
Tomatoes are my best friend. This is my favey time of year. I eat tomato sandwiches almost as much as I drink wine.
Great ideas Charlene. Hey, can you pass on your peach smoothie recipe? I'd really like to make it with the peaches you sent up. (Thank you so much!)
And dc — I'm glad you said "almost." The best are BLTs. We'll be having a report on that soon, I'm sure.
I just spoke with my aunt....and this is how she does the peach smoothie....(I am sorry.....but it does involve milk.....)
2 cups of crushed ice
1 cup of milk (You could make this low-fat/soy/yogurt/ or lactose free milk)
3-4 medium sized peaches peeled, pitted, and sliced....
Splenda/sugar/ honey enough to sweeten the peaches ( amount depends on how tart the peach is....if you get juicy, really ripe Schwenk peaches...you might need very little sweetness)
(She also has added a little chocolate syrup at times....she says that makes a really nice drink if you have a chocolate addiction.)
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender....You may need a straw with a large diameter if you want to sip it....otherwise....just chug it from the glass.
I have not tried this recipe. We just have been doing Peach milkshakes....but the next peach year I will try this recipe. My aunt prefers the honey sweetener. She believes it makes a nice blending with the peaches.
tomatoes on a crunchy baguette with nothing but oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil (salt and pep to taste). pour a cold white one and that's called heaven.