Sweet Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp. cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small red onion
3 ears sweet corn
3 medium tomatoes
2 sprigs basil

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix oil, vinegar, and salt. Finely chop onion. Add ¼ cup to dressing, reserve the rest for another use. Set dressing aside. Husk corn and cut off kernels. Core, seed, and chop tomatoes. Cut basil into thin strips. Toss corn and tomatoes with dressing. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

This recipe uses everything we have now in a simple-to-make, easy to enjoy salad - delicious!

Tomato Bruschetta

4 medium tomatoes
1 T minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped basil (or to taste)
chopped parsley to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
hot pepper flakes (optional)
crusty bread

For best results, I like to chop tomatoes, lightly salt and let them drain for 1/2-1 hour. I put the strainer over the bowl and use the juice to throw into soup or stew. Add all remaining ingredients, except bread, and it is ready! It is great refrigerated too. If I am in a rush, it is also great with freshly chopped tomatoes. Delicious served on sliced sourdough or french bread that has been drizzled with oil and crisped in the oven AND with a slice of fresh mozzarella.

From Karen's farm kitchen - this is so good!!

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli (or Cauliflower) and Tomatoes

  1. PREHEAT oven to 450F

  2. TOSS ITHE FOLLOWING N A BOWL, SPREAD ON BAKING SHEET AND BAKE 10 - 13 MINUTES OR UNTIL STARTING TO BROWN:

    4 cups broccoli and/or cauliflower

    1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes

    1 Tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1/4 teaspoon salt

  3. PLACE THE FOLLOWING IN BOWL:

    1 Tablespoon lemon juice

    1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped lemon balm leaves or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

    10 sliced pitted black olives

    2 teaspoon fresh, chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

    2 teaspoons capers, rinsed (optional)

MIX ALL together. Serve warm or cold

Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad with Mint

1/2 cantaloupe, cut into 1" pieces (~1c)
2 small tomatoes, cut into wedges (~1c)
1/2 cucumber, peeled, diced (~1c)
1 lg rib celery, diced (~ 3/4 c)
1 c plain yogurt
1/2 c chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tspn honey
2 tspn lemon juice
salt
black pepper

Combine the melon, tomatoes, cukes, and celery in a large salad bowl. Whisk the yogurt, mint, sherry vinegar, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with more mint leaves. A great addition to any backyard barbecue - serves 4.

From "The Farmer John Cookbook" - a great resource for cooking locally grown veggies - available at the Farm Shop.

Tomato Leek Sauce

This recipe is adapted from the Washington Post. It is delicious and versatile. Serve it over any cooked grain (try the barley, wheat berries or triticale from the farm), over potatoes, pasta, fish or chicken for an easy meal. Add a hot pepper for some heat or some fennel or fennel seeds for a change of pace. 

Ingredients:     

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups thinly sliced cleaned leeks (white and light-green parts)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 sprigs thyme

4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped, plus their juices

1/3 cup sauvignon blanc or other dry white wine

Coarse or flaky sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the leeks, garlic and thyme. Stir to coat, and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but not browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes plus their juices and the wine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. The mixture will thicken and begin to look like a chunky sauce. 

Discard the thyme sprigs. Taste, and adjust the seasoning before serving or cooling and storing.

 

Gazpacho

This recipes was contributed by shareholder, Erika Zeros. Especially great when made in advance and chilled well! I added a few notes for variation.
 

Perfect for high summer when the tomatoes are going crazy and it's too hot to cook! If multi-colored tomatoes are available be sure to include a few and chop them for beautiful contrast.

Makes about 10 cups

1 medium-sized cucumber
5 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes
1 medium-sized red onion, diced, about 1 C (white onion or scallions will work)
1 or 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies, seeded and minced.
1/4 C chopped fresh basil (can go with cilantro for a different flavor)
Salt and pepper
2 or 3 T Champagne or white wine vinegar

minced garlic (if desired)

A few basil leaves for garnish.


1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Dice and set aside.
2. Peel the tomatoes. (Boiling water method: Score the bottom of each tomato with an X. Drop into boiling water for about 10 seconds, just long enough to loosen their skins. Rinse under cold water to cool them, then slip off the skins.) Cut tomatoes in half and take out the core. Place a mesh strainer over a bowl. Over the strainer, squeeze out the juice and seeds. Save the juice to add to the soup and discard the seeds.
3. Puree half of the tomatoes in a blender or food processor and coarsely chop the rest. Combine all of the tomatoes, tomato juice, onion, cucumber, chilies, and basil in a large bowl. Scoop out about 3 cups of the combined soup and return to the blender to puree. Return puree to the large bowl.
4. Season with 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons vinegar and stir well.
5. Refrigerate and let sit for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow flavors to develop. Add salt, pepper, and more vinegar if needed. Serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Tip: if the soup is too acidic, add a few pinches of sugar to balance the flavors before serving.

Tomato Bruschetta

Ingredients:

4 medium tomatoes

1 T minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped basil (or to taste)

chopped parsley to taste

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

hot pepper flakes (optional)

crusty bread

 

To Make:

For best results, I like to chop tomatoes, lightly salt and let them drain for 1/2-1 hour. I put the strainer over the bowl and use the juice to throw into soup or stew. Add all remaining ingredients, except bread, and it is ready! It is great refrigerated too. If I am in a rush, it is also great with freshly chopped tomatoes. Delicious served on sliced sourdough or french bread that has been drizzled with oil and crisped in the oven AND with a slice of fresh mozzarella. 

 

 

 

 

Rhubarb Salsa

Ingredients:

Rhubarb (10 stalks cooked)

Small tomato

Small onion

Celery (2 stalks)

Hot peppers (a few slices)

Garlic (2 cloves)

Lemon juice/lime juice (to taste)

 

Directions:

Simmer chopped rhubarb in small amount of water in sauce pan until soft. Finely chop all other ingredients. Once rhubarb is cooled, combine all ingredients together and let chill in refrigerator. 

Ratatouille

This recipe comes from one of Brookfield Farm's first apprentices, Nicole, who brought the recipe home from southern France. It is a great July dish, as usually all of the vegetables are available. Serve alongside bread and cheese for a complete meal.

2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, cubed
1 medium zucchini or squash, cubed
1 eggplant, cubed
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 clove of garlic (i like to add more)
fresh parsley, oregano, basil

 

Saute the onion, garlic and pepper until soft; stir in eggplant and squash; add tomatos and seasoning; cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Voila! Serves 6.

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Tomato Corn Chowder

Ingredients:

3 scallions
1 tsp oregano and thyme
4 paste tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup cream
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1/4 cup parsley

 

Fresh Brookfield sweet corn and paste tomatoes will make for an especially tasty soup!! Saute scallions with oregano and thyme over medium heat until browned. Add tomatoes, then 4 cups of water. Lower the heat and simmer 30 minutes covered. Mix flour and cream (watch for lumps!) and add to soup. Simmer and add corn kernels, pepper and parsley. Simmer 15 minutes uncovered and enjoy!