Tomato at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Tomato Obsession

In North America by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

We admit it – we have a tomato obsession.

Tomatoes from Headhouse Farmers Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Our Tomato Obsession

One thing we love about traveling outside the United States is the way that most people shop locally for food. Whether we’re in Barcelona ogling the fresh fish or in China drooling over the variety of mushrooms or in Montreal perusing the vast cheese selection, we often comment on how we are so deprived at home with supermarkets filled with non-local food.

However, this year is different. We have fallen into the habit of shopping at our local market, the historic Headhouse Farmer’s Market, every Sunday.

We have been enjoying different produce like peaches, cucumbers and long beans. But most of all, we’ve been loving the tomatoes.

Yes, we have a tomato obsession that cannot be abated.

Ugly Heirlom Tomatoes at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Tomatoes – The Uglier, the Better

We can’t help ourselves. We keep buying heirloom tomatoes, the uglier the better.

 Ugly Heirloom Tomatoes at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvnia

More Ugly Heirloom Tomatoes

Our favorites are the little multi-colored tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm in nearby Kennett Square. Kennett Square is referred to as the mushroom capital of the world, but apparently it’s also a tomato mecca.

Tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm

Every time we go to the market, we buy lots of tomatoes. The organically grown tomatoes are not cheap, but sometimes you have to pay for quality.

Tomato Crates from Happy Cat Farm at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Lots and Lots of Tomatoes

We’ve even developed our own tomato tartine recipe to enjoy the tomatoes this year! Since it’s summer and we aren’t cooking a lot, it’s a simple, low-calorie dinner with just a handful of ingredients and no oven required.

Every time we start to wonder what we’ll do when tomato season is over, we remind ourselves that it will soon be apple season. It will then be time to feed our Honeycrisp apple obsession.

We see an apple tartine in our not-so-distant future…


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About the Author

Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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