Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Tomato Bee!!

Inspired by this blog, my dad came up with an excellent idea: a Tomato Bee at the St. Anthony Park Community Garden in my hometown, St. Paul, MN, where he grows an abundance of perfect tomatoes and raspberries, among other things. In the spirit of the apple bees of a bygone era, when farmers and their families gathered to peel and core apples for apple butter, we've invited our neighbors to come together to make old-fashioned tomato catsup on Sat. Sept. 1.

We'll be using two sources to make the quintessential American condiment: an 1871 recipe from Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery and a New England recipe recorded in 1938 by novelist Kenneth Roberts, recalling happy memories in his grandmother's kitchen. Common Sense calls for a cooking time of "at least" five hours -- talk about slow food! (Ah, the age-old August question: what to do with all these tomatoes? Melissa Clark, writing for the New York Times, has some excellent ideas.)

I will also be making some crowd-friendly historical food to share (hmm, "nutloaf," anyone?) and there will be gallons of refreshing homemade lemonade. For those of you in the Twin Cities, please join us! And if you have tomatoes to spare, come early and bring a peck to throw in the pot. Everyone who participates will get a jug of catsup to take home. The Garden is located on Robbins St. near Raymond Ave. We'll be out there from 11 to 5 pm. If the weather ain't cooperatin', we'll be at our house at the corner of Raymond and Doswell.


Tia Rosa said...

I'm craving some of those rosemary olive oil broasted potatos to go with the catsup(some fancy east coast word for ketchup which is how we folks in flyover land know it). Catsup, ketchup? Learn more at

Great blog, bloggirl - I'm amazed at the cookbooks you've found. Come in to the library where your tia works and I'll introduce to one of our cookbook curators. We have quite a historical collection of 'em.

P.S. Bring peach leather when you come.

Anonymous said...

You know what else is wholesome and delicious? My throbbing, purple member. bon appetit!