Tomato Jam and THREE Salsa Recipes

erin molnar, assistant market manager

Finally – the usual abundance of August tomatoes has finally hit. (Ok, it might not be the USUAL abundance, but it’s a pretty good bounty.) To celebrate, we have had a tomato jam demonstration at Highland Square and the Tomato Tasting and Salsa Smackdown at Howe Meadow.

20130815_162127Kelli, of The Agrarian Collective, came to Highland Square on August 15th and wowed market shoppers with her beautiful and delicious tomato jam. Most people were initially a little skeptical, but that first taste won them over. Kelli ran out of recipe handouts and there have been requests since then to post the recipe. Well, here it is – styled in a beautiful recipe card format by Kelli herself.

tomato jamOur Tomato Tasting and Salsa Smackdown had an amazing enthusiastic turnout; there were lines to sample 50+ tomato varieties and to sample the salsas that local chefs prepared.

Chef Dan of D.B.A. prepared an Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Reduce to 1 1/2 cups: 4 plum tomatoes, and the juices from 10 limes, 2 oranges and 1 grapefruit.

Toss with:

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 hot wax pepper, finely diced.


Chefs Randy and Simon from Momocho crafted a Goat Cheese Charred Tomato and Onion Salsa.

  • 3/4 bunch cilantro
  • 5 leaves basil
  • 4 oz baby bouche goat cheese
  • 1 quart yellow cherry tomatoes, charred
  • 5 red beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced and charred
  • 1 Jalapeno, including seeds, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced

Toss with 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar and salt to taste.

Chef Doug from fire food and drink, The Katz Club Diner and Provenence went rouge and created a Summer Fruit Salsa.

Dice the following:

  • 1 watermelon
  • 4 apples, tart and firm
  • 4 purple radishes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 serrano chile

Toss with:

  • 1 pint ground cherries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro/basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

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