The tomatoes this year have been super! Each week I look forward to visiting one of my favorite vendors at the Fairport Farmer’s Market, who has some really nice cherry tomatoes… yellow (round and oval), red (also round and oval), dark red, orange. They are just delicious! Julia loves them too. She eats them like candy… she loves to bite into them especially the oval shaped yellow tomatoes.
On Friday I happened to catch a show on PBS called A Chef’s Life. The show is about a restaurant called Chef & The Farmer that is located in North Carolina. What caught my attention was the narrator’s (who was also the chef) description of a tomato sandwich that she ate growing up. Two slices of freshly baked bread, thick tomato slices that were sprinkled with salt and pepper, and some mayo. My mouth was watering. As she was describing the sandwich, the footage showed this amazing sandwich that was made on a round loaf of bread that had a hole in the middle. It also showed a chef assembling the sandwich, using the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes. I was immediately taken back to my tomato girl, who grew these just as beautiful and delicious heirloom tomatoes. I unfortunately have not seen her at the market in a long time, but I always think about her tomatoes.
My friend Kristin and her mom visited this past weekend. They drove from Boston to Rochester and on their way they stopped at a farmer’s market. Once they arrived, Kristin told me all about the market and mentioned that she bought some heirloom tomatoes. I could not believe it! How timely!
Although I did not have freshly baked home made bread, my sandwich was just as I imagined… super tasty! I inhaled it and had seconds. :) I used Italian bread from Wegmans, that was warm when I bought it, the largest heirloom tomato that Kristin brought, and Wegmans Organic Mayo. The key is sprinkling the tomato with lots of salt and a touch of pepper. It definitely made the sandwich, just as the chef from Chef & The Farmer mentioned.
My favorite part about the PBS show was the scene where the chef/narrator was meeting with her staff to talk about the menu. She told her staff that they had to really talk up the sandwich, since it was a tomato sandwich and people will think that they were just lazy for serving it. She further told them to mention that the bread was freshly baked in house, the heirloom tomatoes were bought from a local farmer, and that even the mayo/spread (it escaped my mind) was made in house. Who would not want to try that sandwich?!? It is definitely not a lazy person’s sandwich.
Next time you are at a market, do buy some tomatoes and make yourself a tomato sandwich. It is the perfect summer sandwich!