We picked our first  homegrown tomatoes last week. 

The large cherry variety,  Sweet Chelsea, are always the first to ripen and remind me why I grow my own.  So much flavor!

Can’t wait until the larger varieties mature.  Til then I’m buying and eating wonderful tomatoes from Carden Farms,  the new produce, plant, arts and crafts market on the main street in Apex, NC

Carden Farms sells real tomatoes.  Grown for eating (not stacking in truck beds), they are red-ripe and not too perfect, which is a good thing in the tomato world.   

A few years ago I stopped buying tomatoes at the State Farmers Market because they were all  uniform, unblemished and looked like they belonged in the grocery store.  Summer tomatoes should never be firm enough to pack in layers or sit for a couple of days. 

Thank you Carden Farms for saving my favorite summer meal–the tomato sandwich.  

I also like Carden Farms because they stock locally grown plants, trees and shrubs.   Local plants grow better locally.  AND buying locally grown plants  supports local plants people who are a great source of regional  info and products. 

Finally, Carden Farms, owners Carol Willis and her husband Dennis sell  the work of local artists and crafts people like me. 

Carol did the craft show circuit for years with her luscious  handmade soaps and she’s a really artist-friendly vendor.  Stop in and see my Kiki’s Rewind Designs.  And by all means buy  some real  tomatoes.  

I know you’re suppose to eat them with Duke’s mayo and soft white bread, but blog partner Melissa has me hooked on Laughing Cow Spreadable Swiss.  Great stuff on toast with a big slice of mater and lots of salt and pepper.  You’ll save enough calories to have a  nice cool desert.

Happy summer!