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Our in-town tomato garden.
All different varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Here in northwest Indiana, we’ve had a wonderful growing season. The plants are are tall, healthy and have green tomatoes all over them. So, WHY ARE THEY NOT TURNING RED? For some reason, I have it in my head that I was already eating home grown tomatoes by this time last year and years prior. However, most people I have been talking to in the area, don’t have tomatoes either. Certainly, my impatience is not getting the best of me.
Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog knows that I try my hardest to feed my family clean, whole and organic foods, and that I encourage others to do the same. Although, sometimes I battle. I battle with different beliefs I have in our food system. For example, my latest battle is local v/s organic foods. ARGH. Being right in the height of gardening season, how do I possibly choose to buy an organic product shipped from California over a more local product that is not certified organic.
I suggest you sit down for this. Psssst…sometimes I don’t buy organic. *GASP* During the summer, local produce is growing everywhere. People are GIVING us pounds upon pounds of fruits and vegetables to do with what we will (mostly canning and freezing.) Vegetable carts are overflowing with gorgeous garden goodies. Even local products in other areas of the state or in surrounding states are better than something that is shipped from far away. I always take advantage of this bounty around us. It’s quite an amazing area, this Midwest.
For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to perserve jars of tomatoes to last us throughout the winter. But, when we reach this point in the summer, those jars are long gone. When my tomatoes aren’t ripe yet, I turn to the grocery store shelves. Are you familiar with Red Gold Premium Tomatoes? Red Gold is an Indiana based, 3rd generation family-owned company that has been making premium quality tomato products since 1942. That’s over 70 years of experience. The Midwest, while it’s cold in the winter, has the perfect growing season for tomatoes, perfect angle of the sun, perfect temps — and even the winter is good for tomatoes as it breaks up the soil for tiny root systems. I’m always proud to find out that companies are producing products from our home state…even if they aren’t organic, they are local.
Red Gold is holding a Red Gold Summer Grillin’ Party and you are invited to join! Running from July 24th to August 30th on Facebook, each week they will be sharing their new RG Tomato Grillers recipes, releasing new recipe videos and giving summer grilling tips. As part of the promotion, they will be giving away 1,000 Red Gold “Summertime Tomatoes All Year Long” aprons every week via a random drawing – that’s 5,000 total winners! There will also be one grand prize winner who will win a large Big Green Egg Grill ($1,000 value.) Anyone who registers for the promotion is automatically entered into both the weekly drawing and the grand prize drawing. Addition entries can be earned by inviting others to register too. How can you pass up recipes like: The Red Gold Burger, Italian Turkey burger, Caribbean Chicken Burger, Spicy Tomato Burger and Summer Tomato Burger (pictured above.) With the high heat of most grills, adding tomatoes keeps the burger nice and moist. What are you waiting for? Go join in on some Grillin’ Party fun! (Aside from Facebook, the #RGparty can also be found as RedGoldTomatoes on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.)