Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tomato Thursday

Tomatoes are starting to come into the farmer's markets and not a moment too soon. Between the cardboard tasting off season numbers from God knows where and the salmonella tainted variety, also from God knows where, I've been more than happy to skip tomatoes altogether. But what is more tasty or evocative of summer than a juicy, meaty tomato--especially when layered with basil leaves, fresh mozzarella and drizzled with olive oil for a delicious caprese salad, with lots of juice to mop up with crusty bread?

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As the FDA attempts to figure out where the hell these tomatoes originated, or if was even tomatoes that made people ill, you might be interested to hear that mandatory county of origin labeling, or COOL, is quite controversial. You'll be shocked to hear that on the nay side of the argument is agribusiness and those in debt to their donations. Gasp. On the pro side of the argument is everyone else, as far as I can tell. This pro labeling organization has lots of great info on their site about this issue, but at the heart of the matter is this: consumers want to know where their food is coming from and what's in it. Radical.


Batwinger said...

Wetsy, you are on our list of tomato recipients in late August, when ours finally yield some juicy deliciousness.

Professional Critic said...

Oh yay! I can't wait. Those pretty tomatoes from the picture were terrible by the way--mealy, tasteless--so disappointing.