MY FAVORITE FOOD OF SUMMER
It’s not Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard Concretes, not fresh picked sweet corn on the cob, and not bing cherries. Though bing cherries might be a close second.
It’s a home-grown tomato sandwich.
SURELY THE FOOD OF THE GODS!
And all it takes is two slices of buttered Oat Nut Bread, slice chilled tomatoes to cover the bread, and a couple of cranks of fresh ground pepper. Feel free to sub Miracle Whip or Hellman’s Mayo for the butter if they are your favorite bread spreads. Now, I know you’re going to say, “By cracky, (or some other rural colloquialism) the first home-grown ‘maters won’t be picked until at least mid-July.” Well, there happens to be a local farmer who knows some people can’t wait until July for a fresh red, ripe tomato. So instead of planting his tomatoes out in the fields, he built himself a bunch of greenhouses where he can jump-start the ripe summer tomato season. The tomatoes are all organic, vine ripened and pricey. His entire crop is sold to a local supermarket chain and when they’re gone, there are no more until the field grown crops are harvested. I will get two more sandwiches out of the tomato I bought yesterday and they were worth every penny I paid for it! The only problem is … is grabbing the plastic bag with the tomato before the bagging person puts it in the bottom of the grocery bag with the eggs, bread and doughnuts … or at least before he/she starts throwing in the can goods.