There is a hint of fall in the air, and that makes me giddy!
I love this time of transition, the sweet warm days of summer will soon turn into the crisp nights of fall. My tomato plants are finally producing, and have a plethora of flowers and fruit. A gardener friend told me not long ago that around the third week of August, it’s time to pinch flowers, to allow your green tomatoes to fully ripen.
Or, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, you can gather all the green tomatoes at the end of summer and have some fun! Green tomato experiments to try this year:
- Coax your plants to ripen: Cut your tomato plants so they’re still on the stalk and place in a paper bag, in a dark, warm place. My mom swears by this one, so it’s worth a try!
- Pickle them into a tangy hors d'oeuvre. New Sammy’s serves their pickled green tomatoes with what happens to be my favorite burger in town.
- Make Green Tomato Chocolate Cake! This recipe hides a bunch of green tomatoes, and turns them into a decadent, moist chocolate cake. Both tricky and delicious!
Come by the Culinary Kiosk on Saturday, August 29th for a taste of Green Tomato Chocolate Cake! Then grab the recipe and make it at home.
Gretchen Phillips, Education Coordinator