Tomato Season at Springdale Farm Market

It’s tomato season ya’ll! There is nothing I love more than fresh heirloom tomatoes, and thanks to spring showers, this year’s crop is top-notch. While you can find a plethora of tomatoes in every shape, color and size at various farmer’s markets and grocery stores around town, I recommend visiting the biweekly Market at Springdale Farm if you haven’t yet. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-1pm, Springdale Farm opens a market inside the Hen House to sell a bounty of fresh produce grown in the rows just outside the shop’s doors. From squash blossoms to peppers, Springdale offers the season’s best options, but it’s the center table covered in a variety of tomatoes that is the real star of the show. On a recent visit I picked up a range of different varieties – all of which were sweet, juicy, and impossible to stop eating.

 

Tomato Season

Tomato Season at Springdale Farm

Cooking with produce this delicious requires barely any heavy lifting. Throw some sea salt and freshly cracked pepper on top of a couple slices of tomatoes, and I’m in heaven. To kick it up a notch, add some fresh basil and creamy burrata. Bonus points for a little lemon zest and arugula. Drizzle with high quality olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar (see notes below), and it’s the perfect summer salad!

 

Simple Summer Salad

Simple Summer Salad

Looking for the right olive oil and vinegar? My favorite go-to high quality olive oil is Texas-based Terra Verde. Priced around $20 for a 250ml bottle, its not the cheapest on the market but for salads and other no-cook dishes, it is hard to beat. Besides, tomatoes this good deserve ingredients that compliment them! You can pick up Terra Verde olive oils online, at local farmer’s markets, or at specialty retailers like Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

As for the vinegar, I am obsessed with the thick, syrupy Barrel Aged Balsamic from Whole Foods’ bulk selection. Like olive oil, the quality of vinegars makes a huge difference when used in fresh dishes, but they too can get pretty pricey. After some serious research, I can honestly say this is one of the best I have found, especially for the price, which is $9.99 for 16 ounces.

Visit Springdale Farm Stand on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-1pm at 755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702.

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