In honor of our field team who come from Jalisco, Mexico who are celebrating "El Grito de la Independencia," we are show casing our tomatilloes :-)
The tomatillo is actually indigenous to that part of Mexico so there was an added enthusiasm when it came time to harvest. A little bit of home you might say. I am quite pleased because it is a first try and it went really well. Beautiful plants that boast of these wonderful chinese 'like' lanterns that contain the fruit. You know it is ready for harvest when the paper thin bottom bursts open.
While they look like green tomatoes and are part of the tomato family, they actually taste quite a bit different. They have a bit of a tart taste to them. Now....if you take a couple of tomatilloes, put in the blender with a tomato or two along with an onion, cilantro and few hot peppers to taste...you got yourself a great homemade salsa. Keep in the fridge and bring it out at meal time. Adds extra zest to everything :-)
I know people raise an eyebrow at employing migrant workers. There is certainly things to talk about in terms of global economies. However, on the personal level, Esteban, Moses and Cesar are like family. We eat together, work together and laugh together. Getting to interact with them and sharing crop knowledge and a passion for a farming way of life is very enriching. I am grateful to have them here and the farm has done very well by them.
So "Viva Mexico!!"
Another week, another wide assortment of vegetables for you that originate from around our globe but are grown right here at 436 River Road