You say tomato…

If you think you’re getting a deal on tomatoes at the grocery store, think again.  After the record-high prices last winter, the glut on the market has prompted government action:

Worried about the impact of the plunge on farmers, the USDA is buying $6 million of tomatoes and distributing them to food banks. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the purchase is designed to give Florida farmers “some relief.”

Maybe it’s just me, but didn’t said farmers make a killing of a profit when tomatoes were so scarce?

Florida farmers who fetched more than $30 a few months ago for a 25-pound box of round, fresh field-grown tomatoes, also known as slicer tomatoes, are now getting $5 or less.

Hmm.  Just sayin’.  Make your salsa and enjoy it while it lasts.   I plan on attempting to recreate Uncle Julio’s fabulous salsa with the tomatoes I picked up that my yet-unborn-grandchildren-will-still-be-paying-for-generations-from-now, with instructions  I unearthed on a message board after much internet hunting.   Former employee Tyrone shares:

The salsa is made by roasting, on an ungreased pan, tomatoes, onion and jalapeno. Make sure all sides of the veggies are charred black. Put it in a bowl and blend with white pepper, black pepper, salt and garlic pepper. Blend it. Then add a cup of fresh cilantro.

No quantities, but I’m willing to give it a shot.


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