Heirloom Tomatoes are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. What IS an Heirloom Tomato? Particular definitions vary. In general, though, Heirloom Tomatoes are open pollinated varieties of tomatoes that have been passed down for generations on family farms, or have been in circulation for more than fifty years. And unlike their hybrid cousins, Heirloom Tomatoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! Thanks to the resurgence of dozens of varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes, tomatoes are not just red anymore. They also come in yellow, green, purple, black, orange, and a variety of variegated colors! There are also distinct flavor variations and texture variations. Choose from sweet and juicy, tart and tangy, or dense and meaty. Heirloom Tomatoes have given us a plethora of choices, and a veritable treasure trove of genetic diversity.
DID YOU KNOW: Hybrid tomatoes have only been around since the 1940s. They are the result of a genetic mutation that gives them their uniform shape, traditional red color, and a longer shelf life (but sacrifices their sweet taste due to a decreased ability to make sugar). Heirloom Tomatoes lack this particular mutation, which is why they vary in color, shape and taste.
Price: $ 2 per pound and up.
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of fresh flowers.
Contact the Certified Farmers’ Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.