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Everything You Need to Know About Tomatoes

Ah, the tomato: it’s red (usually!), juicy, and tends to go with just about everything. Use our guide to learn how to tell this season’s tomatoes apart and the best way to use them.

On the Vine

Unlike other varieties, these are ripened (and shipped!) on the vine. By the time they hit your plate, they’re bursting with classic sweet, acidic tomato flavor. Try them pan roasted with olive oil and balsamic. 


If you’re looking for a snackable tomato, this is the one. These round, bite-sized tomatoes are sweet and juicy with a snappy skin. Great eaten raw, tossed into salads, or skewered and grilled. 

Heirloom Cherry

These tomatoes come in a variety of colors from purple to red to yellow, and even green. We’re able to rescue these super-sweet tomatoes year round thanks to greenhouses, but they’re extra special in the summer.


These dark and mysterious tomatoes come in shades from maroon to black, thanks to higher amounts of chlorophyll. Their sweet, lower-acid profile makes them great for eating raw with fresh mozzarella.


This oval-shaped variety is also known as the Italian plum tomato. With fewer seeds and a firmer texture, the Roma is ideal for sauces and purées. In fact, it’s often used in canned goods and tomato pastes.


Unlike round cherry tomatoes, these are oval…like a grape! They have a hardier and meatier flesh making them great for roasting and adding to baked pasta with fresh garlic and feta.


Also known as a husk tomato, these aren’t exactly a tomato but still deserve a spot on the list. Just unwrap the husk, rinse, and prep like a tomato. Use them raw as a base for a tangy salsa verde.


Larger and meatier than most, the beefsteak is the “king” of tomatoes. Its size makes it perfect for slicing and adding to burgers, but its superb juiciness also makes it a great base for salsas.


Stock up on this mega-sized, odd-shaped tomato while you can—heirloom season is short. These tomatoes have a rich, unique flavor that doesn’t require much preparation. Simply slice, season with salt and pepper, and get snacking.

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Was viewing about the tour and noticed no Ohio. Is there a specific reason? Just wondering cause thought this would be a way to get in-person information that may not come across texting. Also, do you accept the SNAP card for purchasing? When the grant funds runs out that meets the SNAP card purchase up to $25 dollars in produce coins end, I will be back to getting only $19.00 on the SNAP card for the both of us that receive $2,300 together.

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