Produce Spotlight: Heirloom Tomatoes

Certain produce at our stand is difficult to find in grocery stores for a variety of reasons. Heirloom tomatoes is one of them.

This tomato has an outward appearance of colorful skins and sometimes funky shapes gives the impression that these tomatoes are some kind of mutant variety; however, they are actually the opposite.

What Makes Them Different Than Store-Bought Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are considered "the original tomato." The tomatoes seen in grocery stores are hybrids; tomatoes that have been altered through science to look plump, red, and durable for shipping. Unfortunately, through the years of these alternations some of the taste of that original tomato has been lost.

Enter heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes may look odd and be fragile, but their flavor is quite the surprise to most people who are used to eating store-bought tomatoes. This flavor has been passed down through many generations (hence, the "heirlooms"), and continues to be a favorite every summer at our market stand. Be sure to try them while they are in season this summer!