The Benefits of Farmer’s Market Tomatoes

People can find tomatoes in the grocery store year round. The convenience of this has made it possible for people to cook and eat tomatoes whenever they please, but are they providing the same benefits as the ones you could buy in season at a local farmer’s market? Probably not. Unless you choose a grocery tomato that has been naturally developed to retain its farm-fresh flavor and freshness, like Tasti-Lee, you may find that tomatoes at the grocery store lack the taste you are looking for.

Mutated Tasteless Tomatoes

People want tomatoes that look perfect. They want them to have no markings and be completely ripe. To make tomatoes appear ripe and tasty, breeders started to cultivate tomatoes differently so they would ripen evenly. The new cultivation practices decreased harvest costs and made it possible to produce a large number of tomatoes at a much quicker rate. The downside is that cultivation caused a mutation in the tomatoes, according to a study explained on the Discovery News website. The mutation changed the way tomatoes taste. While breeders succeeded at making them look better, they ended up failing at making them taste the same or better.

What makes such tomatoes less flavorful is that they don’t react to photosynthesis the same way as mutated ones. Photosynthesis in mutated tomatoes removes most of the sugar in the tomatoes, which is why it lacks the flavorful sweet taste they should have in dishes or by themselves.

Buying tomatoes from a farmer’s market ensures you are getting natural tomatoes free from mutation as does buying specific brands or types of tomatoes naturally developed for health, flavor and freshness.

Looks AND Flavor

It’s true that most grocery store tomatoes fall short on flavor when compared to farmer’s market tomatoes, but this does not apply to ALL tomatoes. Tasti-Lee tomatoes were naturally developed to specifically bring that homegrown vine-ripened taste to the grocery store. For more information about Tasti-Lee, feel free to visit our website at http://www.tasti-lee.com.

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Proud Sponsor of Produce for Kids

At Tasti-Lee, we’re strong supporters of healthy kids and healthy families and we want to do what we can to encourage proper eating habits. This is why we chose to sponsor Produce for Kids.

About Produce for Kids

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Produce for Kids, created by Shuman Produce Inc. in 2002, brings the fresh produce industry and supermarket retailers together to educate families about the benefits of healthy eating with fresh produce and to raise funds for children’s nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, Produce for Kids has donated more than $4.6 million to charities and children’s hospitals across the U.S.

In addition to all the fund-raising and awareness campaigns, Produce for Kids offers great resources through their website (click image). You can get produce tips, recipes, and real advice from parents and others on their blog and forums. Overall, they are a great organization that is trying to make a difference in encouraging healthy families.

Making Healthy Choices

With so many fast food restaurants and junk food options, it’s important to encourage healthy eating habits, starting with fruits and vegetables. All of us at Tasti-Lee want to do our part in helping families be happy and healthy, which is why we naturally developed our farm-fresh vine-ripened tomato, and why we support such organizations like Produce for Kids.

Learn More about Tasti-Lee

To learn more about Tasti-Lee, visit our website at TastiLee.Com. You can also stay up-to-date on Tasti-Lee news, contests and giveaways by connecting with us on social media:

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Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Enter our World’s Best Tomato Recipe Contest!

1.Like_Enter_810x1173We don’t mean to be a broken record, but we really want to make sure you don’t miss your chance to enter our Tomato Recipe Contest, so this blog entry is devoted to putting all the information you need in one place!

  • Who: Our Tasti-Lee Facebook Fans! Like our page and you can enter: http://www.facebook.com/TastiLeeTomatoes
  • What: Your best or favorite tomato recipe! You’ll need a photo and a written recipe to submit to the contest, but the actual recipe can really be anything! Appetizer, salad, entrée, side dish, cocktail, you name it! As long as it has tomato, you’re golden.
  • Where: The “Enter to Win” Tab below the cover photo on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/MccDFs. If you have trouble submitting your recipe through the Facebook Tab, you can email your full name, written recipe and photo to socialmedia@tasti-lee.com and we’ll enter it for you!
  • When: The deadline to submit your recipe is Monday, March 31st. Then five finalists will be chosen and voting will commence through the Facebook Tab. We’ll announce the start of voting, of course.
  • Why: Because we want to give you prizes: An Apple MacBook Air, an iPad Mini & a $300 American Express Card!

If you have any questions or concerns about the contest, please send us a Facebook message and we’ll be happy to help!

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Tomatoes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner!

If you’re like us, you can eat tomatoes every day, any day and all day. But as much as we love tomatoes, eating it the same way all the time may get boring and the last thing we want is to get bored of tomatoes. Fortunately, we have a solution!

We have Tomato Recipe Thursday every week on our Facebook page, but that is not really centered around a particular meal. In order to make sure you have plenty of tomato recipes for every meal of the day, we wanted to pass on some of our favorites. Give them a try!

Breakfast

The most important meal of the day! A classic way of having tomato for breakfast is freshly sliced or wedged pieces, maybe with a little salt and/or pepper. But there are so many other ways you can have tomatoes.

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  • The Full English Breakfast: Sausage, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, roasted tomato, mushrooms, and toast.
  • Greek Scrambled Eggs: Eggs, chopped tomato, feta, kalamata olives
  • Eggs Baked in Tomatoes: Cut the top of each vine-type tomato, scoop out the insides, crack an egg in each, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Roma Eggs: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Roma-Eggs

Lunch

Lunch and dinner tomato dishes are not mutually exclusive. Lunch dishes can be had for dinner and vice versa, but, since we’re splitting each meal, we’ll stick to the more lunch-type dishes here. Let’s start with a sandwich you don’t see every day.

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Dinner

The final meal of the day (unless you’re a Hobbit). Any of these can bring some tomato dish variety into your evening meal.

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If you try any of these, leave us a comment and let us know how you liked it! The Full English Breakfast is our favorite. Tasti-Lee tomatoes are delicious roasted!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Composting at Home: Now, the Don’ts

In our previous post, we discussed the Dos of composting at home and today, we finish off our blog series with the Don’ts. It’s easy to get caught up in composting but there are certain things you should not do when it comes to what you’re putting into it or how you are managing it. Here are the biggest Don’ts that we can think of. If you can think of any more, please leave us a comment!

  • DON’T put any meat products into the composter.
  • DON’T put any processed foods into the composter. The only food in the composter should be raw fruit and vegetable waste/scraps.
  • DON’T put paper into the composter. Yes, paper is recyclable, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work in the composter. Paper takes longer to decompose than organic materials.
  • DON’T add too much soil to the composter. Soil is meant to encourage the decomposition process, not fill the composter. But, at the same time…
  • DON’T only put food waste into the composter. Add a little soil, add dry leaves, otherwise you’ll just end up with a goopy mess.
  • DON’T overwater the compost. The decomposing material will make things moist but if you notice it is dry, add a little water. Sprinkle, Don’t pour.

Now You’re Ready for Tasti-Lee Tomato Seeds!

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If you’ve followed this blog series, then you are ready to make some great compost! But we’re by no means experts on compost so feel free to do research on your own too!

Now all you need are some Tasti-Lee tomato seeds so you can grow the best tomato ever in your backyard! You can contact any of our dealers below to order seeds:

 

Sending Happy Thoughts for Your Tomato Garden!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Composting at Home: Next, the Dos

Let’s continuing our first post in our composting blog series. Now that you have all the equipment you need, you can get started making nutritious compost that your garden plants will love! While there are things you shouldn’t do, we’re going to start with what you should. Here is what you need to know:

Dry Leaves for Composting

  • DO put vegetable and fruit scraps, like leaves and stems, into the composter.
  • DO chop up big pieces of fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces before composting. Smaller pieces decompose more efficiently.
  • DO put spoiled fruits and vegetables into the composter.
  • DO put dry leaves into the composter. It is important that your compost is not just food scraps. Dry leaves do a great job of helping the decomposing process.
  • DO put used coffee grounds and tea leaves into the composter. (But don’t put tea bags … only lose leaves)
  • DO add 2 or 3 handfuls of soil every week or 2 into the composter.
  • DO empty your kitchen compost bin regularly.
  • DO tumble your compost every 1 or 2 weeks (if you have a tumbling composter).
  • DO moisten the compost by watering it lightly with a watering can.

All these things will help you make compost that will help your garden grow big, happy and healthy! But don’t be surprised if you get a few plants you didn’t plan on though. When you put fruit and vegetable scraps in compost, the seeds go with them. You may get tomato plants sprouting up all on their own!

We’re almost done! Visit one more time for the last post in our Dos and Don’ts of Composting. Next time, it’s the Don’ts!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Composting at Home: First, the Necessities!

As the weather starts warming up, it’s time to start planning your vegetable or flower garden. One of the best ways to get the most out of your plantings is to mix compost in with the soil. Sure, you can go out and buy compost, but it’s so much more fun to make it at home! In this three-part blog series, we’ll be passing on the Do’s and Don’ts of composting at home. And, at the end, we’ll make sure you know where you can buy Tasti-Lee tomato seeds so you can grow your very own Tasti-Lee tomatoes!

First Thing’s First

To compost at home you’ll need a few things:

  1. Composter
  2. Space in Your Yard for a Composter
  3. Kitchen Compost Bin
  4. Soil

ComposterThere are several different types of composters but, for simplicity, we’ll be looking at two types: Tumbler composters and Classic composters. A Classic composter is a square or rectangle with a removable lid. A Tumbler composter is round, on a base and may be turned. Either can provide you with good compost so go for the one that is most space-efficient and financially-convenient. Regardless of the type you choose, make sure you look at the dimensions and make sure you have the room!

Stainless Steel Compost BinYou also want a little counter-top compost bin for your kitchen so you can add fruit/vegetable scraps as you cook.

Finally, you should buy a bag of soil to have on-hand so you can throw a handful into the composter now and then. This helps the process along. But we recommend organic soil to ensure the highest quality compost.

Hold On, Don’t Start Composting Yet…

Once you have all the equipment you need, you still need a basic run down of what you should or shouldn’t do when it comes to composting. Visit our blog again for Part 2 of our blog series, which will cover the “Dos” of composting at-home!

And don’t forget to come back for the last post so you can find out where you can buy Tasti-Lee tomato seeds!

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Tomatoes for Good Health

If you’re reading this blog, you are probably already a believer in the awesomeness of tomatoes. But, we like to take a moment once in a while to remind everyone about how good tomatoes actually are for you. Not only do they have fiber and potassium, but they are high in antioxidants, like lycopene, and have good overall benefits.

Power of Antioxidants

Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants and play a very important role in the overall health of your body’s cells. Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are produced from the body breaking down food as well as environmental exposures, like cigarette smoke and radiation.

These vitamins also have other benefits. Vitamin A contributes to healthy vision, cell functions, bone growth, reproduction and immune system function. Vitamin C is important for your bones, connective tissue and skin. It also promotes healing and aids in the absorption of iron.

The Most Famous Tomato Antioxidant

Probably the most famous tomato antioxidant is lycopene, a carotenoid/pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Some studies have shown that a diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the risks of certain cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes are the Way to Go!

If all these benefits weren’t enough, there are additional overall health benefits to eating tomatoes and tomato products. Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford states that tomatoes purify the blood, tonify the stomach, clean the liver and generally detoxify the body. Also, tomatoes encourage digestion.

Just one more thing! Healing with Whole Foods also says that tomatoes ripened on the vine are better for you than tomatoes that are picked green and ripen later. Tasti-Lee is ahead of the game there. Our tomatoes are always vine-ripened!

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