I only eat tomatoes during the summer. I am sure they are great everywhere this time of year but in southern Louisiana, the big red Creole tomatoes are dizzying. I mainly eat them with salt and pepper or a little olive oil and some Balsamic vinegar. But, they really shine on a tomato sandwich. Good bread, mayo, salt and pepper and thick slices of tomato (I also like to put a few squash pickles on there, I am make them according to my grandmother's recipe).
I did not make it to the farmer's market this weekend so I went by Whole Foods to pick up a tri-tip steak and a few other things, tomatoes among them. The best-looking tomatoes in the place were a pile of varied heirloom ones. I grabbed 4 of the best looking examples, different colors, just getting ripe but not too mushy. As I was checking out I was shocked to see that the 4 tomatoes rang up at over $12.
Now, I know that Whole Foods is pricey but sweet fancy Moses, that is a lot to pay for tomatoes. I know that I should have looked at the price. In the end, all I could do was laugh and take them home, wiser for my new posh vegetables. I really don’t have a problem paying a premium for top notch or even rare items but $5 per pound just seems like an evil joke. This seems even more unusual when you consider that Hatch chilies are selling for $.99 per pound and they are far more unusual in Baton Rouge.
Thoughts? on price? on tomato sandwiches?