Home-grown tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market


By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald



I had no idea until recently that John Denver wrote a song about tomatoes; “Home Grown Tomatoes,” he titled it. We hear the labels “vine ripened” and “field grown” applied to tomatoes, but this song and these lyrics remind us of how important and delicious it is to have at least a plant or two in every yard for the sake of a really outstanding tomato.

It starts with the stanza about liking the BLT, and later sings of the versatility with: “Eat em with eggs, eat em with gravy/Eat em with beans, pinto or navy/Put em on the side, put em in the middle/Homegrown tomato on a hot cake griddle.”

I have been enjoying them this week in many ways, notably with really good cheese and grilled using the Creamers’ Jalapeno Garlic Parmesan bread. I of course always keep salsa on hand and a number of you have been asking for the recipe. For two pounds of tomatoes (which I hand slice and de-seed and then chop and drain for about 10 minutes), I add about a cup of diced tomatillos (also drained), a diced small onion (green onion is also delicious), minced de-seeded Jalapeno or Serrano pepper, a sweet banana pepper diced, a least one large clove of garlic minced (you can do all of these except the tomato in the food processor, but leave at least three-fourths of the tomatillos in pieces about same size as your tomato), and then salt, pepper and at least a tablespoon of lime juice. This salsa lasts over a week in the refrigerator and you can add more or less of anything!

I have many times added chopped sweet pepper (any color), corn and even summer squash. I mostly eat it with chips, and bean tacos, but it is excellent served as a condiment or side dish with just about any dish – although gravy? I am not so sure about that. But John may have been onto something.

The Fayette County Farmers’ Market is open Saturday morning from 8:30 to noon and is located in the municipal parking lot on the corner of South Main and East East streets in Washington C.H. SNAP EBT food benefit cards, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those using the SNAP EBT card for produce receive matching dollar “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) for additional fruits and vegetables. So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $20 EVERY market day.

The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market. Other vendors may participate as well.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Peaches, sweet corn, green beans, onions, tomatoes (cherry and slicing), peppers, squash, garlic, potatoes (red and blue), pork chops, jalapeño brats, sausage patties, bulk sausage, ground pork, chicken patties, chorizo chicken brats, wings, hamburger patties, ground hamburger and brown eggs.

King Farms (Jeff & Sandi King): Green beans, vine ripe tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, melons, new purple potatoes, Kennebeck and Yukon potatoes, cucumbers, watermelon.

Margaret’s Memories (Sharon Fulkerson): Hand made kitchen towels and cloth sets, crochet necklaces, scarves, baby blankets, bibs, doilies, felted purses and more.

Nidays Microgreens (Victor Niday): Micro-greens

Persinger Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): Jam Man: Texas sheet cakes, jams, jellies, peach butter. New this week: seedless blackberry jam, red raspberry jelly, no added sugar triple berry, strawberry, and blueberry. And a very limited supply of elderberry jelly. Pie Lady: Buns Bars, cini mini’s, pumpkin cookies, pecan sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and assorted fruit pies.

Wood Designed by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood crafts: decorative bird houses, wooden totes, patriotic & wooden Ohio signs, pigs, cows, chickens. Hand made crocheted dishtowels, clothes, potholders, pocket books and baby booties. Special orders welcome.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Artisan breads, whole wheat brownie tarts, and bran muffin tops.

By Thy Hand (Mark and Lori Chrisman): Angel food cakes, specialty breads, pies, cookies, dip mixes.

Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, sheet cake, blueberry buckle, caramels, and cookies.

Engedi (Beth Day, Alana Walters, Janet Bick): Assorted home baked goods (cinnamon rolls, bread, yeast rolls, cookies, pies, brownies, cobblers, whoopie pies, small specialty bread) and a special children’s activity.

Forgotten Way Organic Farm (Cathy Ludi): Therapeutic grade essential oils, wooden signs, homemade soap, vanilla, balms, dry shampoos, and foot soaks.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Heirloom tomatoes, garlic, green beans, white and yellow potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, tomatillos, fresh salsa “kits” and salsa samples. Dried herbs (basil, sage, catnip, sacred basil herbal tea). Buckeyes, fudge. Cut flowers. Perennial blooming flowering plants in the rudebeckia family. Aloe plants.

Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farmers’ Market.

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By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald