This past weekend I made Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches for dinner. Cheryl had a craving for them and I was only too happy to oblige. I’m not big on tomatoes. I’ll eat them, but given the choice, I’ll pass. However; I was at M and M Farms here in Racine and Mike gave me three big tomatoes, right from the vine. (Full disclosure, I created Mike’s website: mandmfarms.biz.) Anyway, he explained to me the difference between vine ripened tomatoes and grocery store tomatoes. Grocery store tomatoes are picked while still green and shipped to a warehouse. Once there, they are gassed in order to “ripen” and gain their bright red color. The tomatoes at M and M Farms are not. They’re allowed to ripen on the vine.
While I listened to Mike’s explanation, I didn’t really get the difference. Ripe is ripe, right? And, tomatoes aren’t all that good anyway, so what difference does it make?
Well, after this weekend, I can honestly say that it makes a lot of difference. I can’t remember my mother ever shopping at a farmer’s market, so I’m sure I ate very few vine ripened tomatoes in my life. But, I can tell you this, I will be making every effort to only eat vine ripened tomatoes from now on.
If you like vine ripened tomatoes and you live near Racine, may I suggest M and M Farms on Braun Rd – west of Green Bay Road?