I saw it dangling there one hot Wednesday afternoon. Like a sign from a radio beacon, my internal transmitter picked up on the hum of a ripe tomato ready to be swallowed. I instinctively looked and found, to my ultimate satisfaction, a perfectly ready, perfectly ripe, perfectly plump little tomato, a “Black Prince” tomato to be exact. Before I could say “YUM” it was in my mouth. It’s acidy sweet finish danced on my tongue. I’d forgotten how good a freshly picked black prince was. Like a giant sungold, they have just the right balance of high sugar on top with an acidic end; they’re simply tomato perfection. I looked around for more to no avail; there were just green clusters hanging in the heat. My little specimen was like a sneak preview for the producer. It was as if I were alone in a darkened theater watching a clip of the finale. And if this little tender treat is any indication of what is to come, The Corner and Weird Fish are about to have the best tomatoes in town. Just a couple more weeks and they’ll be good to go.
The new crops that are in full force this week are at The Corner ready for consumption. Chard and baby squash are really in full gear. I had a salad there just last week just to see how the greens were looking on the plate. My bias is natural of course, but the salad was superb and dressed to perfection. But don’t take my word for it. Go on in and try it out.