Heirloom Tomato Envy


“I hear its another bad year for tomatoes,” says my neighbor while shrugging her shoulders at the late morning fog.  It’s a sentiment (or should I say lament) repeated by many home gardeners yearning for the bounty of warmer yesteryears.  Each Spring we plant, cross our fingers and hope, because nothing beats the taste of a fresh picked, sun ripened tomato!  However, it is September 10 and I have yet to harvest one red gem from my gangly plants.

I decided to reach for a lifeline and called my friends at Singing Frogs Farm.  Violà - my talented farmer friends delivered 30 pounds of heirloom tomatoes to my door.  ”We didn’t expect to have this kind of excess”, shared Paul.  ”Thankfully, we’ve had just enough tomatoes this summer to keep our members satisfied,” he explains speaking of his Community Supported Agriculture program and the 150 families he keeps stocked with nutrient dense, bee-yond organic produce.

Tee-hee!  I feel rather gluttonous at hoarding all of these little rubies, but I am swooning over the smell of pizza sauce simmering on my counters!  And there’s never enough homemade sauce on hand when our family requires 52 batches a year to top our weekly Friday pizzas.

Nutmeg, basil, garlic, and Early Girls blend together in the most heavenly scented combination… No wonder Barbara Kingsolver calls this recipe her Family Secret Tomato Sauce.

Do you need your own fix?  I know there are plenty of people out there with Heirloom Tomato Envy over this story!  Get your fill at the upcoming National Heirloom Exposition.

“The National Heirloom Exposition is gaining incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is shaping up to be the “World’s Fair” of the heirloom industry!” (via event website)

This is a not-for-profit event, and any funds generated will be donated back to school gardens and food programs. The event will run for three days, September 13, 14 and 15, 2011.


  • Adults $10.00
  • Kids 17 and under Free
  • (all proceeds go to benefit school garden and food programs)


  • 11am-9pm September 13th, 14th, and 15th


  • The Sonoma County Fairgrounds,
    1350 Bennett Valley Road
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404



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