I’ve been dazzled week after week this summer by the bounty of an organic CSA share with Susan Willis of Bitta-Blue Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut.
I love (and sometimes dread!) the insistent demands of a CSA, which force me to experiment and explore new types of produce. Susan makes the whole adventure fun by not only enduring my endless questions each week regarding varieties, but by making preparation suggestions.
I was thrilled two weeks ago that her heirloom tomatoes had finally arrived. The first she included in my share is called a “Mortgage Lifter.” I read the origin of its name on the “Territorial Seed Company” website:
“95 days. As the story goes, a tomato farmer facing bankruptcy selected a tomato that produced so well, he was able to sell the plants to pay off the mortgage.”
I took this first photo in hot afternoon sun. I love its imperfect shape and natural dents. This is what a tomato should be.
The next day, inside, it was time to delve in. A tomato like this needs no accompaniment at all. I sprinkled some seller’s salt over it. And inhaled. What an aroma! Pure “tomato!” Next the taste. What over-used words can I use to describe it? Luscious? Divine? Nothing less than “spectacular.” And it just ruins me for the tomatoes I encounter outside of this season. For now I am going to relish this wonderful variety- and look forward to Susan’s next selection.