There is no taste that shouts “summertime” as loudly as the bold flavor of a vine-ripened tomato. Rich, juicy heirloom varieties like Brandywine are seasonal prizes; you literally cannot purchase one in a grocery store. Even late shoppers at farmers’ markets leave empty-handed—local tomatoes go fast.
For picked-at-the-peak tomatoes this pure, nothing additional is needed; simply rinse and slice. However, because these testaments to grandma’s kitchen garden are not always available, we offer recipes that combine fresh ingredients with a shared flavor affinity, allowing for supermarket grape or plum tomatoes in a pinch. For a real Wiregrass event, host your own in-house tomato festival and try them all.