You may have heard that this year’s crop has been a little slow off the ground, but now harvest is in full swing and we're taking advantage. So if the mention of 20 pound boxes of tomatoes makes your mouth salivate thinking of ‘fresh’ heirloom tomato sauce in the dreary February days, plan to join us for a morning u-pick at Mariquita Farm in Hollister. We've booked next Saturday, September 15th at 10am as our day at the farm, with the plan to pick throughout the morning (till noon more of less) and then gather to enjoy a potluck picnic lunch before heading back home.
Farmer Andy has this to offer us from his fields:
Organic Tomatoes: 75¢/lb (exact availability could change, but most likely Beefsteak, Green Zebra, a few other heirlooms, San Marzanos and five kinds of cherry tomatoes)
Dry Farmed Early Girls: $1.50/lb
Padron Peppers: $2.00/lb
He reminds us that we should bring our own flat or bags for transport (important!). Also, the farm stand will be open if you’re in need of other veggies in the moment.
We ask for a $5 donation to SFEB in order to join us, payable when you reserve your spot. So sign up online, and then sit back, plan a seasonally appropriate potluck dish to add to the Slow Food potluck table, and dream of salsa and caprese salads and bloody marys and gazpacho and panzanella and....and...and...
P.S. If you have interest or a need for carpooling, please contact Sylvia before Thursday Sept 13th. Let her know if you need a seat or have extras, your closest BART station (or transport hub). She'll help coordinate possible matches.