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Asbury Park Sunset Ave. Saturday Farmers’ Market on September 29, 2018. Blogfinger photo ©

We thought that the latest heavy downpours would cause the local crop to burst like a ripe tomato, but these specimens looked great, and we bought some.  I sampled one, and it was very good.  The season is about over.

Here’s Frank Sinatra singing  “All My Tomatoes.”

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1740 Rt 71. W. Belmar. Pick up 71 by the Belmar Marina and go a short distance south. Internet photo.

1740 Rt 71. W. Belmar. Pick up 71 by the Belmar Marina and go a short distance south. Internet photo.

 

Flavorwise, Matt's tomatoes were very good at 8/10 compared to Wegmans 10/10 from two days ago. Blogfinger photo in OG

Flavorwise, Matt’s tomatoes were very good at 8/10 compared to Wegmans 10/10 from two days ago. Blogfinger photo in OG

Matt’s market is a very excellent source of produce.  Today, when Wegmans did not have a supply of those desirable Jersey beefsteaks, Matt had a tableful of beauties including extra large ones that were ready to eat plus smaller versions.  The large one were $2.29 per pound, but lower priced tomatoes looked fine as well.

The staff at Matt’s is very friendly and helpful.  They have a wide variety of exotic melons, grapes, plums, nectarines and other fruits and veggies.  There also was a tableful of Jersey corn.

Matt's 8/22/16. Blogfinger photo. ©

Matt’s 8/22/16. Blogfinger photo. ©

 

Matt's fruits.  Blogfinger photo

Matt’s fruits. Blogfinger photo

 

BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS:

 

 

 

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Field grown Jerseys from Wegmans. 3-4 inches in diameter. $1/.99 per pound. ©

Field grown Jerseys from Wegmans. 3-4 inches in diameter and consumed in Ocean Grove.  $1.99 per pound. ©  Blogfinger photo.

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, Editors  @Blogfinger.

If you love Jersey tomatoes as we do, run, don’t walk, and buy a bunch of these beautiful ready-to-eat Jerseys.  They are juicy and tasty.  You can have your salt shaker handy while you bite into them like an apple.  We got ours at Wegmans, but we got some nice ones last Saturday at the Sunset farmers market.

If you want one to eat now, look for the red to reach the stem. And a gentle squeeze  (like you might apply to a special friend) will reveal a slight give to the touch.  If you will save them, sit them on the stem side and don’t refridgerate. 

We had a BLT last night using these Jerseys plus crisp nitrate-free bacon  (the no headache version)  and Tuscan bread, sliced for you at Wegmans and toasted at home. It was a really special treat.

As I’ve consistently said, Jersey tomatoes at their best are better than the specialized Florida tomato farms can produce despite their controlled environments.  But beware, the crop can get ruined by environmental spoilers like torrential rain storms.

And a shopping note:  Watch for higher prices for lemons, limes, avocados, red onions, cherries and more.

JOE BROWN  live at the Concert for George.  

 

 

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Laurie's Market in Neptune. Blogfinger file photo. 2013 ©

Laurie’s Market on Atkins Avenue in Neptune. Blogfinger file photo. 2013 ©

Laurie Price in her greenhouse. Blogfinger file photo 2013  ©

Laurie Price in her greenhouse. Blogfinger file photo 2013 ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Up until the closing this summer of Laurie’s market due to her untimely death, we had been closely following the progress of this year’s Jersey tomato crop.  We’ve always loved those delicious beefsteaks that we could look forward to each August assuming that the crop was in excellent shape—it was not always ideal.     Laurie kept us informed, like an obstetrician following the progress of a patient, and we would post the latest news in the Wassup section. She had a few favorite suppliers who would keep her bins filled and offered wonderful advice about how to select those delicate fruits for whatever plans you had for them.  I will never forget her instruction to look at the top of the tomato, and if you wanted one for tonight, you had to make sure it was red all the way to the stem.

Tara, Laurie's good friend,  who worked at the market.

Tara, Laurie’s good friend and colleague, who worked at the market.

 

It was a delight to visit  her rustic farm market to view the latest inventory. For me it was a “must-do” event.  Maybe it was Neptune, but pulling up to her place seemed like—maybe Sonoma or Napa.     She was so enthused to share her knowledge with us, that I felt like she was a member of the Blogfinger staff.  She showed Eileen how to make a watermelon salad.  You could make discoveries in her place, such as the beginnings of the planned winter garden or the select items that she was growing herself, laughing off the evidence of critters enjoying the goods.

Laurie’s friends wanted to keep her business going, but, for whatever reasons, it didn’t happen.  Every spring, as the fruits of the Garden State are set out at farmstands in this part of Jersey, it will remind us of Laurie’s.  Maybe someone else will bring her’s back to life in 2015.

Now it’s October, 2014, and those Jersey tomatoes are getting harder to find.  So we are currently buying tomatoes on-the-vine from Wegmans, grown in greenhouses in Canada.  They’re pretty good, but the Jerseys are the best.

We have posted Eileen’s recipe for insalata Caprese in the past (link below)—– a simple but elegant dish that uses all heart- healthy ingredients: olive oil, tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese, plus some secret ingredients.  Last week Eileen made that recipe again, but she’s always innovating in the kitchen, so this time she added  avocados, a truly amazing food with anti-oxidants, “good” fats, and vitamins. Many nutrition experts think so highly of avocados that they refer to it as a “super food.”

So, once again, you can find that recipe below—-part of an article on Florida tomatoes which we have run in the past.

Eileen's 's insalata Caprese with avocado.

Eileen’s ‘s insalata  Caprese with avocado.

Insalata Caprese by Eileen

DON ASPIAZU and the HAVANA CASINO ORCHESTRA:  “Aquellos Ojos Verdes”  (Trans. Green Eyes)  It’s not Italian, but it’s close.

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