This Saturday, Score a Rainbow of Tomatoes Straight from the Farm Truck
Every year you tell yourself you're going to go all Jamie at Home, doing stuff like curing your own olives, or managing to cook a whole lamb, including preserving the dodgy bits. But, well, it's damn near September and you've got nothing to show from the summer season's bounty except a sticky jar of apricot preserves in the fridge. Preserves a friend made, no less.
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Well, now's your chance to atone for your slacker-in-the-kitchen ways. Earlier this month, SFoodie blogger Tamara Palmer reported on Mariquita Farm's Ladybug Truck Buying Club. This week, the Watsonville boutique grower rumbles into Dogpatch again with a flatbed full of deliciousness, only this time it's of the tomato variety.
This Saturday, September 5, at Piccino (801 22nd St. at Tennessee), Mariquita Farm will be dispensing surplus tomatoes, a whole seed catalog of heirloom varieties, in fact. Score San Marzanos (20 pounds for $23 -- perfect for preserving whole), locally beloved hybrid Early Girls (same price), Beefsteaks (10 pounds for $15), and a whole lot of various heirlooms (10 pounds for $16). You can also buy Indian corn, the padron peppers that make Palmer so drooly, as well as red and gold bells (ideal for grilling, peeling, and canning).
Here's the rub: You have to reserve from Mariquita in advance, and you must buy in bulk - no one tomato here, one pepper there (there's a $15 minimum on pre-orders). Get on Mariquita's mailing list pronto (firstname.lastname@example.org), and beg for tomatoes.
Pickup at Piccino is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take our advice: Start clearing out the pantry and hording canning jars from Rainbow.