Last night I went to an event at The Orchard which is a farming project where local elementary kids can learn about growing vegetables and fruits. The Orchard is an actual 7.5 acre farm in South Phoenix.I think this is such a wonderful project. Jamie Oliver would be so proud of these kids.
We started the noshy evening with these crunchy tortilla chips and fresh made salsa from tomatoes grown on the farm. In the background is some of the farm. For drinks, there was this carrot and orange drink that everyone raved aout. It was simply oranges and carrots from the farm blended in a Vitamix with ice tossed in to keep it cold. I believe it was so incredible because you could feel the life force in the drink...yes I went woo-woo on you.
Kathleen aka @LOLPHX the Founder of Urban Lab is working with The Orchard to help the project thrive. She gave me this tomato from the farm and told me to make something delicious. I was going to make my own salsa, but then her daughter Meghanne said. "Oh no! Just chill the tomato, cut it up and sprinkle a little pepper on it and enjoy it as is. It's so much better."
So, I took her advice, but took it just one little step further. I crushed some organic garlic and put it in some olive oil. I sliced my tomato and drizzled the garlic and olive oil on top and sprinkled some sea salt and pepper. On the side, I added torn up pieces of warmed ciabatta bread with a nice Syrah to make a happy hour snack.
OMG! That was one of the most amazing tomatoes I've ever eaten. In fact, I ate the whole tomato because I couldn't get enough. It is really amazing to eat vegetables straight from a farm, and a farm where kids are learning how about the land and nature.
I swear I could taste the love in that tomato!