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Liquid salad, otherwise known as gazpacho, courtesy of Red Fire Farm

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Steamy hot summer nights are the perfect time to enjoy gazpacho.  Delicious and healthy it is a meal in a bowl that can be made ahead for an easy weeknight meal.  The dish originated in southern Spain and evolved to suit the flavors of many cultures. Today there are as many variations are there are recipes for spaghetti sauce.  A local spin includes vegetables grown in our valley.  One terrific recipe for this “Liquid Salad”comes from Red Fire Farm, where their award winning tomatoes steal the show.

Along with Kale and organic goodness, Red Fire Farm is known for it’s tomatoes.  For years Ryan Voiland has been winning awards for his night shade beauties.  This past August they once again won first place at the 25th annual Massachusetts Tomato Festival for their cherry tomatoes. Each August the farm also holds a  Tomato Festival, which includes 60 varieties of tomatoes. 
So they know a little about tomatoes and make one heck of a simple and delicious  gazpacho.

  • 1 red onion
  • 3 Red Fire Farm tomatoes
  • ½ medium cucumber
  • ½ green pepper
  • ½ red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 ½ cups tomato juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar

Garlic Croutons

  • 6 slices bread
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Finely chop the onion, tomatoes, cucumber and peppers. Place in a large bowl with garlic.
Sir in the juice, sugar, salt and pepper, and combined oil and vinegar and mix well.
Refrigerate. Serve soup cold, with a bowl of garlic croutons.

To make Garlic Croutons: Preheat the oven to moderate. Trim the crusts from the bread and cut the bread into cubes. Drizzle with combined oil and garlic and mix well. Spread on baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, turning twice, or until golden brown.

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Find it Locally:

RED FIRE FARM TOMATO FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rain or shine!

Registration is now open for the 2010 Tomato Trot 5K! A great trail race through the fields! Runners and walkers wind their way through our organic fields and meadows to the finish line. An array of fresh organic produce from our fields awaits the winners. Pre-registration $15, At the Door $18- includes a race t-shirt, and admission to the festival that follows the race. Find out details and register using theTomato Trot 5K Registration Form.

Tomato Trot Race

Festival Schedule

More details coming soon.

10:30 AM - Tomato Trot 5K starts.

Main Festival opens 12-5.


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Comments

  • Beth Jones 4 years ago

    Julie,

    This looks wonderful! Great way to use tomatoes from the Farmers Market. (ours are growing slowly)

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    Cheers
    Beth