After our lunch at the Clover Food Truck, Michelle and I browsed the Dewey Square Farmers market. I was on the hunt for some local strawberries, but did not see anything. Tip #1 when shopping a farmer's market keep an open mind. They might not have *exactly* what you're looking for, but you might be in for a surpirse!
Instead of a pint of bright red strawberries, I saw this gorgeous display of mini-heirloom tomatoes. Equally sweet, and just as exciting as local berries.
I could tell they were fresh because there skin was smooth and unblemished. I could tell they were ripe because they were bright and colorful, and they just smelled like a garden.
Many of the tomatoes still had their stems and leaves in tact. They must have been picked that same morning.
Although I had plans for strawberries with balsamic, these tomatoes stood in just as well in a summer salad. Sweet and juicy and dressed with aged balsamic they were a perfect stand-in for a refreshing summer dinner.
Have you ever had a surprise or unplanned purchase at a market? What is your favorite way to use fresh summer tomatoes?