Ann Arbor Farmers Market members can get their share on Saturday, February 11, 8 am – 1:30 pm.
February’s share of locally grown frozen food will keep hearts healthy and happy: more blueberries, peaches, and sweet corn, plus cauliflower, green beans, raspberries, and whole tomatoes.
Yes, frozen whole tomatoes! Frozen whole tomatoes are real “cooks’ helpers” for those hearty, cold-weather recipes that call for 1or 2 fresh chopped tomatoes. You can also use them anytime a recipe calls for canned tomatoes. These whole Romas and San Marzanos, sauce-type tomatoes favored by chefs, will provide great local flavor in the middle of winter. Our tomatoes come from several small organic farms – Green Things, Living Stones, Tantre, Zilke, Dragonwood, and Capella, as well as some from larger family farms – the Goetz’s and the Ruhlig’s.
Frozen whole tomatoes are quite versatile – you can use them directly from the freezer, or partially thaw for easy chopping, or thaw completely and drain. They are easy to peel: run them under hot water, or defrost them slightly in the microwave (e.g. 2-3 mins), or leave them to thaw for ~ 1 hour at room temperature, and the skins will peel right off. Short on time for the soup? Forget thawing and peeling, just toss them frozen & whole into the pot. For baked dishes or a fresh salsa, squeeze partially thawed tomatoes a bit. Yes, a new recommendation from the Locavorious test kitchen; you can thaw, peel, squeeze, and make local fresh salsa in the winter! You won’t find flavor like these tomatoes have in a grocery store this time of the year.