Hydroponic Tomatoes — A New Spin on Eating Seasonally
Today was my first time to the farmers market this year. It’s been cold and I’ve had other commitments on Saturday mornings—like sleeping—but today I managed to shake myself out of my winter slumber. I wanted to see what the market was like on a cold 31 degree morning. I was surprised to find a good number of farmers there – selling apples, eggs, milk, cheese, pork, beef, lamb, potatoes, turnips, beets, kale and winter greens, among other foodstuff. Farmers are a hardy bunch, and I was glad to see that the market didn’t go into complete hibernation, as I almost did.
The highlight of my visit was buying my very first hydroponically grown tomato. Instead of growing from soil, these tomatoes grow indoors from trays of water. I’m not exactly sure how it works, but the woman said something about hydroponics being a very sustainable way to grow food.
I picked one of the smallest tomatoes there—they were all beefsteak tomatoes with a few green tomatoes thrown in—and decided to try it. It tasted fabulous—it had a nice texture and dissolved in my mouth, just like the ones grown in soil in the middle of the summer. So I guess I won’t have to give up tomatoes if I don’t want to this winter. What a treat! It puts a whole new spin on eating seasonally.