In a recent newsletter, the Fresh Market described varities and best uses for different tomatoes:
•Grainger County Red Tomatoes – We’re entering the second half of tomato season in Rutledge, Tennessee where our Grainger County Red Tomatoes are grown. Famous for their classic, rich flavor, the result of the fertile soil and unique climate of Grainger County, these tomatoes are great sliced atop sandwiches, used in salsas or added to fresh green salads.
•Heirloom Tomatoes – Tomato plants have to be openly pollinated by wind and bees with varieties unchanged for more than 50 years to be considered heirloom. Varying in size, shape and color, we are pleased to offer the following varieties year-round: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Gold Medal. Because of the unusual flavors and colors of these tomatoes, we rate them as a great choice for caprese salads!
• Roma Tomatoes – With limited seeds, dense meaty flesh, low moisture content and less acid and sugar than vine-ripened tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes are considered a great sauce tomato and are often used to top pizzas.
• Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine – As the name implies, these tomatoes are roughly the size of a large cherry and are often used in salads, roasted or stuffed for a tasty appetizer. Our Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine have maximum flavor because they continue to draw nutrients and moisture from the vine even after they have been harvested.