08/28/16 6:00am
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Farmer Walter Hodun Jr. said picking a bushel (50 pounds) goes fast because the fruit is clustered together and plants are two feet apart. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I talked to farmer Eddie Hodun Jr. at his 10-acre U-pick farm in Calverton this week and he pointed out that this is “the kick-off week” for tomatoes, especially for the variety of tomatoes many people want to make fresh sauce. He explained that the weather has been just hot enough “it brings out the sugar in the fruit.” (more…)

08/17/14 9:00am
Plum tomatoes slow-roasted with garlic and onions and garnished with anchovies and fresh basil. (Credit: John Ross)

Plum tomatoes slow-roasted with garlic and onions and garnished with anchovies and fresh basil. (Credit: John Ross)

The tomato, in its many sizes, colors and variations is ubiquitous and available year-round — fresh, on the vine, sun-dried and canned. But in August, the fresh local tomato takes on an added dimension of flavor and aroma. (more…)