Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Dressed in caramel notes, with a suggestion of salt and a big wink toward vinegar, a roasted tomato’s most memorable feature is its long, sensuous, deep and savory finish.
August is the month when my addiction to fresh tomatoes kicks into high gear, and I start having fantasies about hoarding them for the winter. So I rounded up several friends for a 40-mile round trip bike expedition so we could pick our own at the Smith Family Farm in Brentwood.
At the farmers market this time of year, tomatoes are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky colors: green striped, white, pink, purplish-brown. Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing some of these heirloom varieties, like the Cherokee Purple.
Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop advise using ripe fruit, extra-firm tofu and poking your hamburgers so they don’t puff up like tennis balls.
How are you getting dirty this Earth Day? Stephanie Rosenbaum offers tips for starting an edible spring garden this weekend.
Tomatoes grown on organic farms contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene than their conventionally grown counterparts, a study finds. Turns out, organic farming techniques “stress out” the plants in ways that make them more nutrient dense.
For 16 years, Mexican growers have agreed not to sell tomatoes below what’s called a reference price, meant to protect Florida growers from cheap Mexican tomatoes. But half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and Mexican growers say it’s because their tomatoes taste better.
I wanted to share the joy of a good tomato with everyone. Now, a store-bought tomato is never going to taste like it was plucked straight from the vine. But there’s no reason it can’t be a great tasting tomato! All it takes is the steps outlined in this post.
Make the most of late summer’s bounty with Bay Area Bites’ round-up of delicious, easy recipes for tomatoes, melon, and corn.
On Sunday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW); participants of the Food Justice conference and Bay Area community allies marched in Oakland for farmworker justice. The destination was Trader Joe’s where the group planned deliver a letter, calling on the company to support human rights for farmworkers, specifically the workers who harvest tomatoes sold in their stores.
For the past month, every meal I’ve had at home has included tomatoes in some form. I’m not exaggerating. This time of year brings out the greedy tomato monster in me and I decided to can some for wintertime eating.
Forget about the food trucks for a minute; let’s go hang out with some farmers! Check out this list of great farm tours, hands-on events, and more happening at farms, ranches, and orchards around the Bay Area and beyond. But what if you want to stay closer to home, enjoying the flavor of local farms without getting mud on your shoes? Then head over to Potrero Hill’s sweet, sunny Plow.