Recipe: Summer Heirloom Tomatoes w/ Shell Bean Hummus

If now’s not the time to celebrate Virginia tomatoes then we’re not sure when the time is – and they’re only going to get better. Any day now we’ll be seeing huge Cherokee’s and other beautiful heirloom varieties on our floor, all brought in by local farmers such as Amy’s Garden and Victory Farms. If you’re looking for an untraditional way to enjoy these tomatoes, try this delicious recipe we found over at Bon Appetit that blends the juicy flavors of summer with Mediterranean cuisine.

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Tomato Season in Virginia

Well, it’s that time of the year again in Virginia. The weather easily reaches three-digit numbers and the tomatoes are bursting off the vines. Lucky for us, we’ve got local farmers bringing them in by the truckload. So if you’re not growing your own by now, we’ve got you covered. Look for Certified Organic tomatoes from Amy’s Garden including sungolds, Jubilee’s, and Heirlooms. We’ve also got naturally grown cherry and heirlooms from Norman’s Garden, just 4 miles away, and Clark Blackwell’s delicious varieties.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page for tomato updates all through the season.

Just In: Late Season Local Heirlooms

If you’re not ready to give up those big, delicious Virginia heirloom tomatoes just yet, no need to worry. We just got a good delivery of Shenandoah Valley local heirlooms in, just in time for fall. These will probably be the last of the season in terms of local heirlooms so you better get them while you can, $2.99/lb.

Quick Back To School Snacks

1. First off, mention “Ant’s On A Log” to any kid and the name alone should strike enough curiosity to try it. By combining Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Raisins and Organic Celery, you’re left with a tasty and surprisingly sweet snack. At the same time it’s healthy, filled with great fiber, antioxidants and vitamins from the celery and raisins along with good fats and protein from the peanut butter.

2. Next, an easy to make staple that any student can create. A back-to-baiscs Vegenaise and tomato sandwich!

It’s super simple, healthy, and light. We took local tomatoes from Shenandoah Valley, sliced them and threw them on bread from Julian’s Bakery low-carb bread with grapeseed oil Vegenaise. So good! All of these snacks are extremely quick to make, healthy and light. Space your snacks and meals out throughout the day. Try eating smaller, healthy snacks in between classes and throughout the day. Stay tuned for more healthy back to school meals on the site!

Just In: Plantation Woods Local Tomatoes

We just got in some of the most amazing heirlooms we’ve seen all season! Keith & Michelle from Plantation Woods just stopped by to drop of some summer beauties in beautiful reds and yellows! We’ve got a few limited cases of heirloom: Arkansas Travelers, Brandywines, and Keith’s own heirloom cross called “Orange Dream” that will make any salad a dessert! Come in and get them before they’re all gone! Continue reading