If you know us, you know Astiana tomatoes. A pure expression of seed-selecting artistry from Ayers Creek Farm, these tomatoes were bred from seeds saved on a trip to northern Italy. The Astiana was then refined through seed saving and selection for over a decade, becoming pure representation of time and place: late summer in the Willamette Valley.
The Astiana tomato is the perfect cooking tomato – dense, rich and yearning to be sauce – roast it as our friend Kathleen does and set yourself up for a tasty winter.
You can now pre-order Astianas for all your pantry projects on our site in 18 lb “lugs” for $48.
Plum jam? Yes, please! Tomatoes aren’t the only thing hoping for a bit of your stovetop time at the end of summer. Ayers Creek Farm’s beautiful Green Gage plums have arrived, and will be followed by a parade of plum perfection – including Mirabelles, Damsons and more. This is the time when summer fruits are practically begging to be preserved – and these small, sweet plums will be as good pickled as they are simmered into jam.
A plethora of peppers! From flaming hot “Bulgarian carrots” to mild and sweet Jimmy Nardellos, pepper season is upon us. Ever considered making your very own hot sauce? This year you can finally find just the right balance of vinegar, heat, sweet and fruity pepper flavor by gathering up all the peppers of your dreams and making a fresh sauce for now or a fermented sauce for all winter long!
Buy local, cook local! We do our best to buy from as many amazing local farms as possible, but are we cooking from local recipes? For unique insights into our local food world, we highly recommend a weekly check in with GoodStuffNW from our friend Kathleen Bauer. And Katherine Deumling has created a deep recipe resource with Cook With What You Have.