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Tomato at Headhouse Farmer's Market in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Tomato Obsession

In North America by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch34 Comments

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.

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

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

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…

Now a question. How do you like to eat tomatoes?

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  1. I travel from London to Pennsylvania to eat two things: corn on the cob and tomatoes – so right there with you. In fact, one of my next posts is where you can find the best in Bucks County while they’re in season!

    1. Author

      The tomatoes are particularly good this year. You will soon be in tomato heaven!

  2. Heirloom tomatoes fall into the “so ugly they’re beautiful” category for me. I love them raw, in pasta dishes, or broiled with a bit of mozzarella and fresh basil.

  3. I too have a tomato obsession!! although can’t bring myself to spend $4 a pound on them in the U.S. So I’m excited to be headed back to Spain, where a kilo of GOOD tomatoes is just over a euro. That dish you made looks so perfect for Summer!

  4. Now that sounds like a bite of summer. My tomato plants are bursting at the seams this year, I love it!

  5. Mmm! I love tomatoes too. I try to eat them locally (from my measly attempt at a garden), but I can only seem to produce just enough cherry tomatoes for one salad… that is if I limit myself to one salad a week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have to say that I’ve noticed a big change in attitudes in the US, at least in some areas, when it comes to ‘buying local.’ It’s only positive and will continue.

  7. Ohhh tomatoes. I’m pretty sure I could live off of nothing but tomato related recipes. I love this take on the caprese — it seems quite a bit healthier. Something to try this weekend!

  8. I can understand the obsession for tomatoes. I just love adding it to every possible dish, the personal favourite being rich tomato based curries.

  9. As a tomato lover, I will have to try your Tartine recipe as soon as I leave SE Asia and have a kitchen again ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. Am not a big fan of tomatoes on their own (although I do love making pasta sauces with them!) But I completely agree about going and buying in season fruit and veg at local markets. That is one of the things I love doing when travelling, because other regions like SE Asia, S.America, India etc seem to still have the culture of doing so, whereas it is becoming less and less the norm at home.

  11. I loveee tomatoes!
    I guess coming from the South of Spain and growing up in France I kind of use tomatoes for everything.

    My mum always makes that lovely fresh tomato salad, with a “vinaigrette” and some shallots, that’s a great summer treat!

  12. Love the recipe! I really enjoy tomatoes and the breadth of tastes across different varieties. Most importantly, 1 oz. of fromage is only 15 calories??? That may be the best news I’ve heard in months. No more holding back on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Fabulous post ๐Ÿ™‚ And great recipe, too! I am OBSESSED with buying fruits and veggie local! In Canada though there’s always a brief time frame when this is possible so I go ALL OUT (like now, in the summer months, hehe!) I love my tomatoes in a home made Greek salad ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I like to eat tomatoes just about in any way – cherry tomatoes can be eaten just like that… ๐Ÿ™‚ otherwise, i love chopping them off and adding some salt, oregano and fresh basil and olive oil and place it on good toasted (and real) crusty italian bread. Mmmmm YUMMY!

  15. I LOVE tomatoes and I love growing them out on my apartment balcony, too! I really like making bruschetta or fresh salsa with them. Yum!

  16. I love tomatoes! All kinds of dishes with them! If you come to Portugal we definitely have try ours. They are much more delicious and bigger than from other countries. Thanks for recipe! Olive oil is a must ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Oh my god. This is a post after my own heart. I’m equally obsessed with tomatoes. The first time I discovered this was when I read about it in a book written by an Italian chef and she went on and on about the tomatoes available in a particular region in Italy and I just didn’t get it.Then I tasted my first European tomato. Raw. And life was changed forever. I curse the fact that even the uber expensive imported tomatoes we get in India don’t match up.

  18. Tomato tartine. Have to try your recipe. I prefer buying tomatos at local markets too because they really taste like tomatos and not like water.

  19. I am totally stealing that recipe! It sounds delicious. I live in New York and luckily we have many fresh markets open year round and that’s the only place I buy produce. I’ve noticed many smaller towns are also starting to host local farmers’ markets now too including my hometown of Pensacola. I’m glad they’re becoming more common in the States!

  20. mm m You’ve made me so hungry! I love tomatoes too and I love your attitude of liking the ugly ones ๐Ÿ˜€ So many tomatoes get thrown away because they’re not pretty enough ๐Ÿ™

  21. I need some heirloom tomatoes too now, but they don’t seem easy to find in the UK. A mouthwatering post.

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      We saw great looking heirloom tomatoes a couple years ago at the Borough Market in London. Maybe check there if you’re near London.

  22. I started a tomato garden in raised garden beds, and I’ve since been buried in tomatoes – had to start giving them away!

  23. I love tomatoes too!!! I even have a little green house in the garden to grow my own ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. When I was a kid, living in the SE US – we used to get German Johnson tomatoes, slice them thick, lay them on your favorite bread, sprinkle pepper over them, and add mayo or cheese (up to the end user) and have a beautifully refreshing summer sandwich.

  25. How funny, tomato obsession! But I have to admit that I also like to have good tomatoes. I am from Bulgaria and my family has been growing tomatoes since I remember…Iยดve lived in Barcelona for the past 7 years, where the fruit and vegetable markets are pretty good, but I find it difficult to find really tasty tomatoes, especially the big pink ones, i think you call it heirloom…Interesting post!

  26. If you have a tomato obsession, it sounds like you need to get yourself along to La Tomatina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. you wanna know something weird? I have a TERRIBLE and unexplainable phobia of tomatoes. Dont know and dont know how but somehow you made these tomatoes look and sound somewhat appealing. just a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha

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