August 19, 2013, - 6:39 pm
I just tasted the best tomatoes I’ve ever had. You’ll love ’em, even if you are, like me, not that into tomatoes. Dirty Girl Tomatoes. I love them.
I admit it. I’m not a tomato-phile. I don’t dislike them. But I rarely buy them at the store, even though for health’s and variety’s sake I should. But if the tomato is in a salad I’ve bought or been served, I’ll eat it. But, on Friday, the produce guy at the local gourmet supermarket recommended I try these Dirty Girl Tomatoes by Dirty Girl Produce, and I’m hooked. Yes, they are organic (and I don’t like organic produce because it rots more quickly and is more expensive). But that’s not the draw. It’s the taste.
Dirty Girl Tomatoes taste slightly salty and sweet at the same time. They are like a saltier version of the taste of a roma tomato. And for those, like me, who don’t add salt to their food for health fanatic reasons, this has the light flavor of salt. The tomatoes are flavorful and delish! They were tasty in a panzanella salad (bread salad), and in a salad with onions, fresh mozzarella, and a light dressing of vinegar and olive oil.
The tomatoes are in season from late July through December. So, where do you buy these tomatoes? I don’t know how you can find them, other than to ask your market to get them. In Michigan, I bought them at Plum Market in Bloomfield Township.
Here’s more about Dirty Girl Produce, a farm in Santa Cruz, California:
Dirty Girl Produce is a 40 acre certified organic family farm located in Santa Cruz County, Ca. We grow over 20 varieties of fruits and vegetables and sell our produce to customers and restaurants at 10 farmer’s markets in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and San Francisco.
Farm owner Joe Schirmer grew up in Santa Cruz and began working at Dirty Girl Produce in 1997. He purchased the farm in 1999. Joe is a graduate of UCSC and the UCSC Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program and has worked on several farms throughout the west coast. Joe currently sits on the board of directors for CUESA (Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture) which runs the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and is past President of the board of directors for the SCCFM (Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets).
Joe’s wife Miranda Schirmer has been involved with various aspects of the farm since 2000. Today she updates the DGP website, cooks and preserves the farm’s produce for family and friends, and is busy raising DGP’s two youngest farm-hands and food-lovers: Joe and Miranda’s sons, Charlie and Calvin.
If you can try Dirty Girl Tomatoes, you will thank me for the recommendation.
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