Oh how I love tomatoes!
When I eat a ripe summer tomato, I feel as if I am feasting on the warmth of the sun, absorbing all of it’s healing rays and golden goodness.
YUM, YUM, YUM!!
Yesterday I was in search of these lovely red beauties and so I toddled on down to the farmer’s market that is located a few blocks from my Washington, DC office. I find buying fresher food from the farmer’s market to be empowering. It’s all about taking care of ourselves and what we eat. How we respond to stress or a personal crisis, how much we exercise and having a resilient emotional support system can make a powerful difference in our mental and physical well-being.
Talking to the vendors about the different kinds of tomatoes for sale, I found that the new summer salad is one that mixes tomatoes and peaches together with Bermuda onions.
Really? I said, I never would have thought of throwing those ingredients together.
Oh yes, it’s very tasty and popular, I was told. A lot of the local restaurants are serving it and people love it!
Please note, this kind of conversation is one of the things that brings me back to the farmer’s market week after week.
Talking to the farmers about how to serve and how to cook their fresh produce and vegetables is fun. How is business going this summer? What is growing crazy well and what isn’t thriving? It’s a simpler slice of life; more basic. It’s also great because the farmers will tell you how recently things were picked and what their personal favorites are for fruits and veggies. Score!
Maybe you have a garden of your own and a window sill full of tomatoes and can’t figure out what to do with them. In the spirit of sharing, here’s a recipe for a tomato and peach salad given to be by the people who run the FRESHFarm farmer’s market near the White House. I tried it in a small batch when I got home from work last night and I thought it was delish!!
Try it for yourself and see what you think!!
Tomato and Peach Salad (This recipe is from Sharon New, a Food Educator & Health Coach. You can check out her website here ):
2 large tomatoes, cut in wedges
4 large peaches, pitted + cut up
1/4 cup red or Bermuda onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
Toss and enjoy!!
P.S. You can substitute cucumbers for peaches.
You can also tear up and add basil leaves according to your taste. Another suggestion from one of the women at the farmer’s market is to add honey (according to your taste) to this recipe.