Tomato Time!

There’s nothing better than fresh tomatoes, straight from the garden. We’ve already had buckets and buckets of them, and we’ve enjoyed our fair share of delicious salads and Bacon-Lettuce-and Tomato sandwiches this season. But, let’s face it…how many BLT’s can one person eat? Even after sharing with friends, we’ve already had to start storing tomatoes away for the year. 

One of our favorite ways, besides canning, to use all those extra tomatoes is to “cook them down” and freeze them. Before doing this, we like to remove the skin and sometimes the seeds. This is very simple and can be done in half the time it takes to can tomatoes.   

 Follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the stem and the green/yellow surrounding the stem.
  2. Drop tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 2 to 10 minutes until the skin starts to loosen. 
  3. Drain water in colander and carefully drop tomatoes into an ice water bath. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Gently remove the skin and, if desired, squeeze to remove seeds.
  5. Place skinned tomatoes directly in a pot with no water. Cook them down for 30 minutes to an hour on medium heat.   
  6. Stir, mash, season, and use in your favorites recipes. Or freeze until needed. 

We hope you have time to enjoy a delicious BLT today and that you’re able to store your tomatoes for a year’s worth of garden-fresh delicacies. Look for Valley House Farm tomatoes, eggs, and fresh garden produce at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

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Fresh Eggs!

Eggs, Photography by Joey Brent

It’s Farmers’ Market time, and each one of our happy hens have been gifting us with one perfect egg a day. That means, after we’ve enjoyed our own fair share of organic, free-range, DHA-enhanced, happy-hen eggs and shared them with family and friends, we still have enough to sell on Saturday mornings at our local market.

Our children have been eager to rise early and set up the stand. They each took a turn at the market, and sold all the eggs in less than two hours. Bonus summer funds for them and a fabulous experience for us all.

Be sure to look for Valley House Farm eggs and produce at the Mid-Town Farmers’ Market. The market is located on the north side of the Mid-town Shopping Center parking lot on North Lamar Boulevard and is open from May-September on Wednesdays (2:30-5:30 pm) and Saturdays (7:00-11:00 am).

Drop by for a chat and maybe you’ll get the lucky Double Yolk!

Learn more about Mississippi Farmers’ Markets and please support your local farmers.

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