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tomatoes Pike Place MarketHere is a late summer pop quiz for you: how do you tell the difference between a tomato that has been shipped to market in a refrigerated truck from a tomato vine-ripened in the hot summer sun?

A clue: would you know the difference between a painting of  Venus done by one of those Flemish or Dutch painters and one done by an Italian painter? Sure you would. In the northern version, Venus is skinny and pale, her blond, stringy hair hangs over pinched little breasts and she delicately covers her private parts with long arched fingers. Quick! Somebody get that girl a blanket! It just doesn’t work. By contrast, Italian Venus–a force of nature in the sun–is just right as she is.

Some things are just meant to be warm, and the tomato connoisseur can tell the difference. (You would not put a force of nature in the refrigerator would you?)

As you tour different Farmers’ Markets around the Pacific Northwest, checking out the best tomatoes, don’t miss the granddaddy of them all: Pike Place Market in Seattle. Pike Place Market signPike Place Market is open seven days a week and is home to more than 200 year-round small businesses, craftspeople and farmers, street performers and musicians, all making their home on the cobblestoned street that runs north and south through the market at First Avenue and Pike Street.  Market hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the oldest continuously operating Farmer’s Market in the U.S.,  you can find everything from the year’s late summer harvest.  Including, of course, all those wonderful organic heirloom tomatoes….warm and right from the garden. Forces of nature all by themselves.

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