Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tomato Festival

Saturday was the Tomato Festival at the Farmer's Market.     A bounty of beautiful tomatoes was available at most of the vendors.

My purpose?

Just in case someone wonders who I am!

I was the Guest Chef.    With a plethora of tomatoes and onions and basil and garlic, I transformed ordinary Farmer's Market produce into delectable taste treats that Farmer's Market goers got to sample . . .  and get the recipe.

But I was not alone!  

Chef and Sous Chef -- ready to dish up the Greek Salsa

My willing and able sous chef, Sarah.     We both had a grand time!

Tomatoes awaiting transformation with herbs, onions and garlic.

With herbs and tomatoes and onions and garlic and the French canned tomatoes from last week, we made Greek Salsa, Italian Bread and Tomato Salad, Fresh Tomato sauce served over pasta with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and the canned tomatoes made into a cold creamy tomato soup.

Samples were generous and although both Sarah and I showed off our "knife skills", most were there to buy tomatoes and to sample the dishes.

We made one at a time and when it was about gone we made another dish.     Some were at the market long enough to sample two or three!

I was amused at how many people took the sample -- took two or three steps away from our table and then took a bite . . . "God, this is really good!" we heard over and over again!    

Of course, it was good -- fresh ingredients prepared simply.

Sarah at work on a dish to be sampled.

Sarah was a great sous chef and when she left, she signed up for next year!       We were a great team, Sarah and I.

As I do every year at the Farmer's Market

And not just a luncheon but a Farmer's Market Luncheon -- one of my PEO Sisters won!

I give away a luncheon at Linderhof.    It's always fun to have company and it adds a little extra to the Tomato Festival.

We were there from 7:30 set up until the market closed at noon.     We made our samples in small quantities and made them over and over again for there were lots of people out and about that morning.

We were so busy that I forgot to take pictures of the food!!!!    

The coolness that the storm brought in yesterday afternoon slowly dissolved into the summer heat that we've been getting since mid June.      That was not a good thing!

If you have a Farmer's Market in your area, make an effort to go.    You get to talk to the people who actually grow the food you're buying and although we don't have any "certified organic" farmer's at the market, there is not a lot of pesticides used on many of the crops.    

Plus you often can buy two potatoes if you want -- nothing is prepackaged!    With just husband Jim and I, I like the fact that I can buy small quantities of most vegetables.

It's Sunday and there is nothing more seasonal than a Farmer's Market in the summer.    I'm joining The Tablescaper  for Seasonal Sunday.


Pondside said...

It sounds like you had a great day. Now I'll look forward to the post in which you tell us about the luncheon that was won at the market.

Deb said...

I am so in need of a freshly grown tomato. I'm still waiting on mine. Lovely photos and it all sounded very yummy.

On Crooked Creek said...

"Mr. Ed" and I went to the Mulvane Farmer's Market on Saturday and I made a purchase of TOMATOES!!! Then when we arrived home...our daughter~in~law brought us tomatoes from her garden...they all taste great!!! Sounds as if you and Sarah are a marvelous team, dear friend! NOW, what are you going to serve at that luncheon??? Do tell!

Lottie said...

Martha, wonderful post on the farmer's market. My husband would have been one of those who would have come back many times for your samples!

Love the farmer's market! Last week we were looking for yellow squash and zucchini for casseroles. We found the most tender and fresh squash and the price was great. The best part was meeting the mother and son who grew it and picked it for the market. Somehow, their smiles baked in the casseroles!

Anonymous said...

Martha has been a fantastic and early supporter of our Farmers' Market. I wish every town had a person like her.

Aide from her help with special event days she is the best customer the Fort Scott Farmer' Market has ever had.

Her blog is an inspiration for other lovers of Farmer' Markets.


lindaraxa said...

I am one of those who when the samples are good make a u turn for more. Our tomatoes are out and plentiful. the little cherry ones are the best. Will have to start canning pretty soon, your way.

Bookie said...

Martha, this sounds like such fun! I must put Ft. Scott on my list. too much right now, but surely there will be a Saturday to check this out! HOT here too...this morning tea at 6 and coolish... but then, misery.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi Martha, it sounds like you and Sarah had a great time and everyone enjoyed the samples. How wonderful to provides a luncheon for some lucky winner.