Isn't it great when you fit in with strangers?
Last Sunday, my husband and I drove out to Wellandport to visit Tree & Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm for a Tomato Tour. That's right... a TOMATO TOUR! Imagine my bliss. It seems I'm not the only one enraptured with the charms of the tomato, because the farm was packed with like-minded folks, smiling, sipping wine and chatting despite the grim weather.
The afternoon began with a walk through the gardens of our gracious host and inspirational farmer, Linda. Donning an 'I heart Tomatoes' tee (which I now passionately covet) and ankle-deep in the sticky clay of her land, Linda guided us along, providing candid stories of her growing season and her favourite (and less-than-favourite) varieties. Here are a few highlights from the garden...
|Linda in her element.|
|Fantastic peppers! Gorgeous!|
|Cool pepper! I'm sorry, I can't remember any variety names!|
|Amazing marigolds (above) and zinnias (below) from Linda's 'Organic Gardening' magazine trial gardens.|
We escaped the mud, and stomped back into the grassy yard to start the main event - time to taste the tomatoes! I was shocked at the depth of variety - with so many types and sizes and colours to taste, it was impossible to choose where to begin. I decided that my best bet was to work systematically and try them all. After all, it's a unique experience to have so many beautiful flavours together at once!
|Just 1 of 2 tasting tables. Wow!|
|Linda talking tomatoes.|
|Some of these beauties came home with me.|
|Tomato, basil & mascarpone combine to make a creamy, dreamy treat.|
Local Chef Mark Picone created sweet, fresh sips of delight using tomatoes, watermelon, honey, sunberries and basil that danced over our tongues with a bouquet of summer flavours.
|Chef Mark Picone|
|Tomato shooters. So delish!|