Wednesday, June 26, 2013

'Tis the Season for Rhubarb Popsicles and Tomatoes at Schlafly Farmers' Market

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        A Gathering of tomatoes. | Pat Kohm
  •         A Gathering of tomatoes. | Pat Kohm

Farmers' markets across St. Louis are in full swing, and as new crops are harvested Gut Check will be there every step of the way to make sure you never miss out on the latest fresh veggie. This week, we returned to Schlafly's market in Maplewood. Below is a quick guide to what you can find on your next trip.

First of all, one of the best parts about visiting the Schlafly Farmers' Market is the smell of hops that greets you the minute you step out of the car. It's a pretty tough atmosphere to beat from an olfactory standpoint.

        Pat Kohm
  •         Pat Kohm

But you're here for some wholesome food -- the beer comes later. And you're in luck, because with the warmer weather comes tomatoes -- red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes...all colors, shapes and sizes. Buila Family Farm is already selling heirloom, golden nugget and cherry tomatoes, and all are delicious. And Biver Farms even has a whole table of tomato plants ready to be taken home, planted and plucked.

        Buila Family Farm. | Pat Kohm
  •         Buila Family Farm. | Pat Kohm

Tomatoes, of course, are versatile. But one of Gut Check's favorite ways to employ a nice tomato is salsa. Luckily, Ivan's Fig Farm just so happens to sell jars of homemade salsa. The ingredients include heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, parsley, salt and vinegar, and that's it. Ivan's salsa is canned and stored so you can still buy a can from last year. We tried it, and it's pretty tasty.

        Ivan's Salsa | Pat Kohm
  •         Ivan's Salsa | Pat Kohm

Up next: Berries, popsicles and ... beer!

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