Tomato season is upon us once again and what do I do here every year? Each and every August, I sing the praises of the farm grown tomato, especially the heirloom tomatoes. On the East End of Long Island, we are very fortunate to have many farm stands all offering fabulous, locally grown fruits and vegetables from mid-May to late fall. However, only one near us grows and sells real heirloom tomatoes. You know ... the ones that come in bizarre and even awkward shapes and beautiful, bold colors. Babinski's Farm Stand at 160 Newlight Lane (south of the highway) in Water Mill is, hands-down, our favorite farm stand for heirloom tomatoes.
Babinski's Farm Stand - 160 Newlight Lane, Water Mill, NY
Over the past 6 years or so, we've had great fun finding lots of new things to make with these beauties such as Heirloom Tomato Basil Soup, Bruschetta, Caprese Salad, Tomato Tarte Tatin, Roasted Tomatoes with Fennel and White Beans, Chilled Tomato Peach Soup, and Tomato and Gruyere Galette. But, best of all is a simple slice with a drizzle of olive oil and a whisper of sea salt.
Delicious as this summer fruit may be, they are also striking in their appearance. Bright yellow, fire-engine red with orange stripes, deep purple with green marbling, and a wonderful variety of greens ranging from something close to evergreen to light, bright kelly green. They just make my heart sing and, of course, they beg to have their pictures taken. Inside and out these beauties satisfy so many senses, so I made a brief slide show of several of the closeups we've taken over the years to entertain and entice you to seek these heirloom treasures out.
Photos & Slide Show © Claudia Ward & Peter Tooker
Music: "Anticipation", Peter Breiner & Don Gillis - Edwardian Danse Music