‘Tis the Season…for Tomatoes!

With summer going strong, now’s the time for finding the ripest, juiciest tomatoes. Don’t get us wrong, tomatoes are a staple in many of our meals year-round, but nothing beats this flavorful fruit during its peak season. 

From cherry to heirloom, all varieties are equally delicious. But how to choose the best? To help you pick the perfect addition to your pasta dish or salad, we hit the farmers market to get the low-down from the experts at Cherry Lane Farms.

To  determine the maturity of your tomatoes and find the happy medium between freshly harvested and overripe, pay attention to two key qualities:

  • Texture: Gently squeeze your tomato. It should give under light pressure, but not feel mushy. Check for any breaks in the skin, too!
  • Color: Your tomatoes should have “high color value,” which means that their color is rich and deep. No matter if it’s red, orange, purple (or anything in between!), make sure the colors pop.

Another tip is to know what you’re planning on whipping up before shopping! Size matters: Larger, beefsteak tomatoes are great for sandwiches or Caprese salads, while smaller cherry tomatoes work well with salads or pasta dishes. 

Now that you’ve got the 411, test your newfound knowledge with these 12 tomato recipes!

Green Onion Burgers with Burst Tomato-Tarragon Sauce

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Grilled Eggplant Caprese with Speck

Meatball in a Tomato

Five-Ingredient Roasted Tomato Tart

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Scampi with Cherry Tomatoes

Quick Tomato Soup with Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Pasta

Photo by The Rachael Ray Show

Strip Steak Tagliata with Burst Tomato Pizzaiola and Baby Spicy Greens Salad

Tomato Toast with Provolone

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Salsa Fish Snapper Veracruz

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Tomato Balsamic Dipper

Zucchini, Tomato, Potato Pie

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Tagliata with Pecorino, Arugula, Green Olives and Tomato-Rubbed Bread

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