We have our own agricultural relationship with a young farmer named Gina Humphreys who harvests her Urban Girls Produce from about 1.5 acres within The Schuylkill Center, a nature reserve in Philadelphia’s northwestern Roxborough neighborhood (read about her: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/news/13). She helped us capture the end of the summer season by delivering 10 cases (or about 230 pounds) of assorted tomatoes, including heirloom varieties like Pink Brandywines (a 19th century variety, documented as coming from the Philadelphia seed firm of Johnson & Stokes) and Hillbillies (a sweet West Virginia variety) which we spent the day simmering and then packing into ninety four 24 ounce jars—now just sitting on our shelves waiting for cold weather cooking.
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230 pounds local tomatoes from Urban Girls Produce
In the pot, with herbs from JP’s backyard garden.
The beauty of using what you have.
Capturing the season: our cold weather stash of summer’s ripe tomatoes