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Submitted photoHome cooks can change up the look of their salads, sandwiches and other meals by using green or other colored tomatoes.
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Home cooks can change up the look of their salads, sandwiches and other meals by using green or other colored tomatoes.
8/29/2019 7:28:00 AM
Tomatoes galore at the Hodag Farmers Market
Cassie Shefchik
Special to the River News

The amount of vegetables and fruit showing up at the Hodag Farmers Market has reached full swing.

Last week I spied crabapples, tomatoes, corn, and the beginning of winter squash. There have also been a couple of new vendors at the market; one brings in extra produce (corn, vegetable spaghetti, etc) from their home garden and another sells lots of beautiful gladiolas and other fresh flowers.

When I can, I often listen to nearby vendors explaining their products. This is something vendors do each week; they answer customers' questions. It's always a good idea to ask what something is and how to use it, regardless of what the items is. Last week was no exception.

I heard a vendor talk about the green tomatoes. He explained they were indeed ripe and ready to use.

Remember when I told you about the many colors found in vegetables?

Tomatoes are no exception and come in a lovely palate of colors: red (which we all know), yellow, orange, pink, brownish, purple, almost white, and green. Ripe green tomatoes taste like a tomato. Varieties of green tomatoes are: Aunt Ruby's German Green, Green Giant, Granny Smith (no, it doesn't taste like the apple), Green Zebra, Lime salad, and Green Grape, to name a few.

I remember about 25 or 30 years ago Martha Stewart talked about her ripe green tomatoes and how she liked to pair them with red lettuce on her BLT sandwiches. How novel and fun. Ripe green tomatoes can be used like any other tomato and the home canner can even process them like any other tomato.

I don't know if I'm ready for green spaghetti sauce at my house, but I might try it in chili and salsa.

Cherry tomatoes also come in a rainbow of colors. How fun would that be in a crudités or fresh salad.

Another fun tip from Martha is freezing cherry tomatoes and then putting them in a blender for an icy cold, refreshing adult beverage or mocktail.

Visit the Hodag Farmers Market at Rhinelander's Pioneer Park between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and see what's in season.

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