Recipes from the TIP Kickoff

January 15, 2013

We received such wonderful comments about the food served at the kickoff celebration this weekend that we thought we’d share some of the recipes with you. Enjoy! Best Tomato Soup - adapted from Chris Florence, Sweet Valley Organics 1 TB olive oil 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 1/4 tsp. roasted garlic, or 1 tsp. roasted garlic sauce (recipe below) 2 qts canned tomatoes, picked and processed at their peak Salt White balsamic vinegar Cook onions gently in oil until translucent, add garlic or garlic sauce and mix well. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Take off heat, cool slightly. Puree using an immersion blender until smooth, then pass through a chinois or any fine mesh strainer to remove all parts and pieces and leave a silky soup. Add salt and vinegar to taste. Chill, rewarm slightly, or serve at room temperature. Roasted Garlic Sauce 3-4 heads of garlic, root scrubbed thoroughly and tops of cloves removed (trim a very shallow slice from top to expose tops of cloves) Olive oil Red balsamic vinegar White wine Put garlic heads in a small ceramic baking dish (fill up the space). Pour olive oil over the heads (about 3 TB), then pour balsamic vinegar…

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Seed Starting Classes – Sign Up Now Available

January 14, 2013
Seed Starting Classes – Sign Up Now Available

Are you excited about getting started with the Tomato Independence Project, but not so sure about starting tomatoes from seed? Four local nurseries will be holding seed starting classes throughout the month of February. The classes will introduce students to starting vegetable plants from seed, and each participant will have the opportunity to plant each of the four varieties of tomatoes found in the TIP packets. Classes are free, but registration is required. To sign up for classes at Edwards Greenhouse, please visit their website. To sign up for all other classes, please email us your information at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com. Let us know which class you’d like to sign up for, and write “seed starting class” in the subject line. Seed starting classes & times: 1) February 2nd, Edwards Greenhouse, 10:30  - 11:45 a.m. or 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 2) February 9th, North End Organic Nursery, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 3) February 16th, FarWest Nursery, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. 4) February 23rd, Franz Witte Nursery, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  

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It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

January 13, 2013
It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

On Saturday, January 12, more than 70 people gathered to officially launch the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s (TVFC) Tomato Independence Project. Despite the frigid outdoor temperatures, all could easily dream of picking fresh tomatoes right off the vine while enjoying the warmth and sun of Edwards Greenhouse. The featured tomatoes in the Tomato Independence Project were revealed at the kickoff. These tomato varieties are great for beginners, selected by our participating nurseries as must haves for gardeners in the Treasure Valley. Mortgage Lifter – perfect sandwich tomato; very large, smooth, pink-skinned, meaty fruits Early Girl – tasty fruit; firm texture and blemish resistant skin Sun Gold – exceptionally sweet orange/gold cherry tomatoes; high yields; long season Tumbling Tom Red – patio variety, bushy plant perfect for containers; produces lots of tasty, bit sized fruit Sign up for a FREE tomato seed starting class at one of our participating nurseries (see our calendar) and take your first step towards tomato independence. And what TVFC event is complete without some delicious food? Everyone enjoyed several tasty tomato dishes, thanks to Sweet Valley Organics, Susan Medlin and Anna Tapia of Tapia Family Catering for preserving the summer’s bounty. (Recipes will be posted here soon, so stay tuned.) TVFC would like to thank our nursery…

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Join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration

January 8, 2013
Join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition invites you to join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration this weekend at Edwards Greenhouse. From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on January 12th we’ll inaugurate the beginning of the end of the tasteless tomato! We’ll be highlighting the four chosen tomato varieties that are in this year’s “TIP kits” as well as discussing our plans for the upcoming year. Come on out and enjoy some refreshments with us and learn more about this great project! Location: Edwards Greenhouse 4106 Sand Creek Street Boise  

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Tomato Independence Kicks Off

December 30, 2012
Tomato Independence Kicks Off

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition released this press release about the Tomato Independence Project today FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:  Janie Burns meadowlarkfarm@q.com 208-863-6947   Tomato Independence Project seeks to End the Tyranny of Tasteless Tomatoes   Boise, Idaho – Ending the tyranny of tasteless tomatoes is the goal of a project announced today by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition (TVFC). “Eating more locally is important, but where do you start?” said Janie Burns, local farmer and chair of the organization. “Let’s focus on a food that almost everyone loves and lots of people grow already— tomatoes. Grow more here in the summer and buy less of them from out of state when they are out of season. We are chained to the idea of a tomato on our plate every day of the year, even if it tastes likes red cardboard.  Let’s be more tomato independent!” Nearly 90% of all the tomatoes eaten in the Treasure Valley are imported from California and Mexico. Every day the equivalent of three tractor trailer loads of fresh tomatoes make their way into the valley even in August when local vines are groaning with juicy tomatoes. About $15 million leaves the Treasure Valley…

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