I Am In Love With Tomatoes…Heirlooms To Be Exact {Locavore Living}

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So remember how I said before that I “taught” myself to like tomatoes last year? Well, I think I went a little overboard because now I am in love.

I am in love with particularly colorful ones. Don’t get me wrong, red is beautiful and all, but let’s be real, how can you not love a quart full of mixed heirlooms from Eckerton Hill Farm? Or look at this delicious pink/green heirloom from Sunrise CSA…

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Drooling yet? I am!

Honestly, we have been getting tons of tomatoes already from both CSA shares, though tons isn’t even enough. Not only have I been finding a way to work them into just about every meal, but I have also been storing them as well.

Here is a look back at our week of tomatoes:

It all started with a batch of seconds from Eckerton Hill Farm (read tomatoes that were almost perfect), my mom, and me, in a kitchen, at 10:00 p.m. at night. No better time to can my first batch of salsa!

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The next day my mom was still visiting. We LOVE this local Italian bakery, Corropolese. It makes the best tomato pies so we grabbed one of those and added our own toppings: fresh heirloom tomato slices, goat cheese, and green peppers. YUM!

Of course as soon as the kids saw fresh tomatoes on the counter they requested their ever favorite meal, the one that gets audible cheers…Chicken Bruschetta Pasta!

Chicken Bruschetta Pasta

As we went into the weekend, some of the tomatoes started to get a bit soft so I got a head start on storing them. Here we are with a freezing tutorial!

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The week started right back up again and I have been enjoying freshly sliced tomatoes on my sandwiches…some of my creations:

The classic grilled cheese

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Summer Harvest Chicken Salad with sliced tomato and pickles…

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Last night of course there were burgers. Nothing is better than sliced tomato on a burger. Tomato of choice…yellow beefsteaks! I ate mine with a Black Bean and Mushroom Burger. YUM!

And of course I ended the week by using a bunch of paste tomatoes that I had with a few orange colored heirlooms to make a delicious homemade pizza sauce (stay tuned for the recipe):) Can’t wait to try some on a pizza!

The season of tomatoes is just beginning and I am FULL of ideas! Just wait:)

What are your favorite ways to use all of those tomatoes you are getting? 

Locavore-Living

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Mmmm…tomatoes are my favorite thing about summer. :-)
    Cindy recently posted…I’ve got the moves like Martha: Summertime remixMy Profile

  2. I’m with you. I adore heirloom tomatoes, especially locally grown ones. This time of year is amazing for tomatoes around here. If I had known you were making homemade salsa I’d have put in an order for a jar or ten!!
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  3. Yum, yum, yum! Lauryn, I know you already visit a local farm for your CSA but if you ever want to come out for a farm playdate we have a good one around here in Worcester. It’s called Longview Market, and I’d love to show you around and have our kids pick veggies together!
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  4. Oh I just discovered baby heirloom tomatoes at my local market and now they are my snack food. YUM!!
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  5. I don’t eat tomatoes by themselves, but do use them in recipes. I really liked your photo with all the colored tomatoes.
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  6. I have been driving past the farm stand everyday checking for tomatoes and was so happy when they were finally out last week! I’m sautéing some tomatoes, zucchini and corn to serve with some grilled pork tenderloin tonight, yum.

  7. Heirloom tomato is the best! There used to someone in Bali that cultivated heirloom tomatoes, but recently I have not seen anything like this again in the market. Too bad! Love to eat it sprinkled with little of fleur de sal, yum!
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