June 15th, 2012
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Photo By Patti Raab

Hey farmer’s market fans —

Chipotle was the new vendor yesterday at the farmer’s market near the White House.  What is a national chain of restaurants doing at a farmer’s market you may ask?  I was wondering too until I got to Chipotle’s table.  Chipotle put on a live demonstration showing how easy it is to use summer produce and herbs to make your own fresh salsa.  The store also gave out it’s salsa recipe which I have posted below for you to try.

Chipotle, which tries to source organic and local produce when it can, also generously gave out free samples of the freshly made salsa along with some great salty tortilla chips!  Thanks Chipotle!!

It was a beautiful sunny day in the nation’s capital and the market was very busy as shoppers sampled and talked with the local farmers about the local varieties of fresh produce that were being sold all along the blocked off area within viewing distance of the White House.  Office workers and tourists browsed the tables filled with delicious sour cherries, sweet cherries, small cucumbers, yellow squash, salad greens, and vine ripe tomatoes, ready to be chopped, cooked and hastily eaten.

I found some absolutely beautiful tomatoes which I consider the best of the best of summer’s home grown treasures.  I’ll be eating those right away!

Summer tomatoes are very versatile and when they are as fresh as they are right now and will be for the rest of the summer you can add them to almost any dish and they will amp up the flavor of whatever you’re making.  Chopped, roasted or marinated, I never get sick of eating summer tomatoes.

For a great salsa, summer tomatoes are essential. If you’ve never made fresh salsa before, it’s very easy.  Have fun making it and experimenting with different ingredients.  As a starting point, here is Chipotle’s salsa recipe which the store gave out today:

6 vine-ripened tomatoes
1/2 a red onion
2 jalapenos
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
sal and pepper to taste
Dice the tomatoes, onions and jalapenos.  Combine all the ingredients and season to taste.
Mangi!! (Italian for “eat”)
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