In addition to our every-other-week share, Vermont Valley has a few events for members during the harvest season, including a pea pick, a corn boil, and a pesto fest. September 1 was one of four “U-pick” tomato days that Vermont Valley offered to members this summer. We were able to pick 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes at no charge! Additional Romas are only $1.50 a pound. Since I’ve never made homemade marinara sauce before, I decided that 10 pounds was plenty. We also got to pick some fresh basil and a few ultra-hot peppers while we were there. The farm is absolutely beautiful, about 40 minutes outside of Madison in Blue Mounds.
Today I peeled and seeded the tomatoes. It wasn’t too difficult but wow, is it a messy job! Tomorrow I will cook them down into sauce.