Thursday, July 10, 2008

Peak Season Map

I stumbled across a great resource today at Epicurious. It's a peak season map that you can click on by month and state to see what's in season at your local farmer's market. You can also click on each ingredient to see a description and related recipes for that ingredient. Unfortunately, DC isn't represented, but this is a great model and I'm sure I'll use the MD and VA information.


Tomatoes are Sweet, Even When They are Stressed

Our garden has started to produce some delicious and sometimes hideous looking veggies. We are growing heirloom veggies almost exclusively this year in our organic garden, so when I see a tomato that is cracked and scarred, my mouth starts to water. This always makes me think of an episode on This I Believe on NPR. Tim Stark starts his essay with "I believe that an atmosphere of stress and chaos-within reason-brings out my best qualities. And I believe my heirloom tomatoes feels the same....I believe in managed stress. It sweetens the tomatoes. I like to think it sweetens me, too."