Summer Bounty

Tomatoes: A Rainbow of Variety

By | August 01, 2017
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On a steamy, hot and humid Chicago day in late July or August there are few things more satisfying than eating a ripe, succulent tomato from your local farmers market, or a homegrown prize from your backyard or patio pots. Rich with flavor and sweetness, these remarkable beauties can contribute to a dazzling assortment of recipe options— from sandwiches or salads to frittatas, pastas and juices.

Organic heirloom tomatoes add a rainbow of colors to the plate: purple, yellow, pink and orange hues shine in distinctive, lopsided shapes and sizes. Flavor is deep, complex and simply luscious.

Some local favorites:

Cherokee Purple: Purple and green—perfect for a BLT.

Brandywine: Pinkish-purple, very sweet.

Sun Gold: The size of a cherry tomato—sunny yellow with a sweetness that is unmatched.

Yellow Oxheart: Yellow, heart shaped, mild flavor and super meaty.

Toward the end of the summer, many farmers at markets will offer flats at a discounted rate either because of over-abundance or due to bruising or blemishes and sold as “seconds.’’ These fruits are still delicious and would be perfect for canning or preserving, fresh pasta sauces, salsa or juicing for a Sunday brunch Bloody Mary.

To find your local farmers market within the city limits visit for a comprehensive listing, dates and times of more than 60 Chicago markets.

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