The Bounty of Late Summer

OK…I know…I've been M.I.A.  So you ask, "Teresa, why have you not post a blog article for the past two months?!"  The answer is I have been overwhelmed with house projects, my son was home from college all summer, and I've been busy canning!  When the tomatoes arrive you must turn your attention to … [Read more...]

Santa Clara Canner Tomato

This spring I purchased a tomato plant that I have never heard of before.  The name of this plant stopped me in my tracks.  Could it be—a tomato variety that perhaps my grandfather and his brothers actually processed at Gangi Brothers tomato packing plant?!  How is it that a tomato species was … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories Part 2

Jersey Devil (1/2 pound in weight) My favorite this year! August is the busiest time of the year for tomato packers.  My grandfather’s packing plant in Santa Clara, Gangi Brother’s Tomato Packing, would run 24/7 for weeks on end.   As a kid, it seemed that tomato packing monopolized the whole … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories

If you haven’t already guessed, I am of Italian heritage.  On one side of my mother's family, I am the fifth generation born in America as well as California.  All five generation have lived in northern California.  My other set of maternal great-grandparents immigrated to America from Sicily to … [Read more...]

TOMATO TIME!

Some of you may know this... some of you may have guessed this… but I am crazy about tomatoes!  I grow them, eat them, cook them, can them, and give them away to my family and friends.  I just can’t get enough of them.  The beautiful colorful orbs actual give me joy to just look at and photograph … [Read more...]