The Road of the Tomato; Aspen’s Food & Wine Fest

by Christy aka the Missus on June 22, 2011

Do you know where I wanted to be this past weekend? Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic. Instead I was in the ATX for a little food, sweat and tears—and vegan food. More on that later…

Back to Aspen.

I’ve never been to one of these food & wine festivals but I’m pretty sure I’d love it. Maybe we’ll make it to LA’s fest or even over to Vegas. Wonder if Ireland has one…

While I was looking up said festivals I ran across this video. It’s funny, I was just talking about this tomato practice while in Austin to a group of stunned family members. (See JT?!) This is how those tomatoes you see in the store all year round land up in your grocery. Not quite what you expected? Think about it, our bodies are seasonal food creatures. We crave starchy root veg and heavier foods in the winter to keep us warm and lighter crisper foods in the summer to cool us off, right? I’d say tomatoes are light & refreshing, which makes sense their season is summer but Big Food has engineered our food so that it’s available all year round. The end result of this is bland food that’s been harvested prematurely and gassed to ripen. Gross. The good news is that tomato season is now and when bought at your local farmers’ market, are out of this world delicious. To find one near you go to localharvest.org or even consider getting a CSA box, which delivers fresh organic produce to your doorstep.

I’m even trying my hand at growing little sunburst tomatoes 🙂

Try this heirloom tomato salad to rock your socks off!

Happy Summer!

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Rachel Assuncao, Health Coach June 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

We have 2 really great greenhouses within 50 miles of our home that grow tomatoes all year long. Both at the farmers market and at our local/sustainable shop I can buy juicy red (yellow and orange too) tomatoes that were actually ripened on the plant, hand picked, and then transported with love to a shop near me. It was worth investigating because I love a good toasted tomato sandwich. I never buy tomatoes at the grocery store and these are pretty close to the taste of the ones that are actually picked in season at my CSA later in the summer. It’s worth checking out in your area too – you never know what you might find.

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