Here it is the dead of winter and I am missing my farmers markets and all the colorful and flavorful fruits and vegetables. I can’t afford to move to California. How can I get my hands on a great tomato?
Dear Fresh and Fruitie,
Well, the whole idea behind the local food movement is just as it implies. Whatever your locale, you should rejoice over what is available to you – think homemade snow cones if you are in Minnesota! The seasons offer great variety if you just adapt. The seasons provide balance in your life and remind you that nothing stays the same – a good life lesson. You crave a fresh tomato even more because you can’t have one! It will taste even better when you get your mitts on one. In addition, how boring it must be to live in the perpetual spring of California – OK – I’m not getting anywhere with this, am I?
So, use science to your advantage. Build a greenhouse; invest in a hydoponic farm; grow indoors. Or, do this. Indulge in some preservation techniques while the growing season is in full bloom. Classes are springing up to revive the almost lot art of canning and freezing veggies and fruits. While you are at it, set up a quilting frame and seize the opportunity to carve that blouse in which you are seen at every family reunion into little squares
There is a great web site eatingwell.com that gives you all the info you need on preservation. It also dispels a few myths. Choosing frozen vegetables and fruits is sometimes better than fresh stuff in the winter. Why? Because the produce is actually frozen by that big green giant at the peak of ripeness. Fresh stuff that is shipped in from California is typically picked un-ripened. It is loaded onto trucks after being separated from the life-giving stem and ripens artificially on its journey. ICK. You’d be better off with your own frozen delights or perhaps even those prepared by the green giant we all know and love.
Bottom line on that tomato however, You will probably have to wait ’til tomato season in your locale for that great juicy variety. In the meantime, enjoy the sauce you “put up” in July and think of the coming of your springtime. Think just how lucky you are to have a dream and it consists of a ripe tomato. Depending on where you land on Maslow’s hierarchy, your dream could be a whole lot more basic.