Saturday, July 10, 2010

Woah! So I just realized that it's been 4 months since my last blog. Not cool! All I can say in my defense is that it was a crazy busy Spring and so far its turned out to be an even busier Summer. I've been spending so much of my time hunched over text books that I haven't even realized that summer is passing me by. What woke up yesterday were the tomatoes.

Juicy, red, ripe tomatoes mean summer to me. My mother has always planted tomatoes in our garden and at some point during the summer we always end up with way, way, too many tomatoes to eat. Anyways, when I'm not home to eat those tomatoes I rely on the supermarket. I was over at Kroger astounded by the low low prices of awesome looking tomatoes when it dawned on me that it was summer and I needed to by some good ole Hanover tomatoes. Kroger doesn't carry them and Ukrops used to be my supplier, but alas they are no more so off the local organic market for me. Luckily they had them.

So what is a Hanover tomato? If you live in Central Virginia I'm sure you've heard of them. If you're not, then probably not so much. Hanover tomatoes aren't a special kind of tomato like an heirloom or beefsteak or cherry tomato. They are simply tomatoes grown in Hanover, Virginia and they are the most delicious tomatoes I've ever had. Hanover tomatoes are large beautiful red fruits so flavorful that you only need to slice and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Rumor has it that it's the Virginia soil that makes them taste so good and the people of Hanover County are so proud of their tomatoes that they put on an annual tomato festival every year. It's today in Mechanicsville if you're interested in going. Unfortunately I can't make it due to all this school work, but at least I've got my tomatoes to remind me that it's summer.

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