Sunday, September 16, 2007

Toma Toes at Patrick's

This sign grabbed me as we drove down Pleasant Valley Road this afternoon. The name illustrates my love-hate with America's beloved fruit. I love to cook with tomatoes, but gag as its bright red meat slides down my throat. Something in the bright acidic flavor doesn't agree with my palette. Maybe I've been eating (or avoiding) toma toes all these years.

Patrick's Garden grows over 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes on a dozen acres at 1589 Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville. I plan to stop by late this week and buy a flat. A flat of freshly picked brandywines should make a vibrant pico de gillo for the grilled tritip menu this Saturday.

Don't be confused by its Placerville address. Patrick's is located about 2.2 miles east of the Diamond Springs post office (4946 Pleasant Valley Road). Watch for President Nixon on your left as you drive eastward toward Pleasant Valley. The farm is open until 6 p.m. most days.

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