August 29, 2010
It was a wonderful morning in Saunderstown last Saturday, August 21 at the Coastal Growers’ Market for the annual heirloom tomato tasting. It was one of the few cool days this summer and the breeze blew through the fields of Casey Farm as people lined up to taste the vast array of tomatoes on display.
There were over 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes cut up next to bowls of tooth picks for sampling and people came from all over to buy some super fresh Rhody food, listen to folk music, enjoy the outdoors and taste tomatoes.
Guests were greeted at the entrance to the tent and given a checklist and pencil to mark which varieties they liked the most. I couldn’t help but take a turn walking down the length of the table to taste every variety. I was in foodie heaven as I basked in the rainbow of colors and flavors (from red and sweet to purple bitter and even green and tart) and decided that I was a fan of the green zebras and the purple princes.
There’s nothing like a perfectly ripe tomato picked in the late days of summer and the tasting at the market was the perfect event to enjoy some of the state’s best heirloom fruits. If you missed it don’t worry because as long as you can cope with the wait, there’s always next year!