Ugly Is The New Pretty!

Looking for the perfect tomato? How about one that’s orange, purple or even stripped?Well it’s probably not in your grocery store! These unique varieties are either home grown -or if you’re lucky-found at your local farmer’s market. To help get you up to speed on the many tomato options out there, this week’s Your Resident Gourmet’s Newsletter has some great tomato varieties to share with you. YRG even has a deliciously fresh Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta recipe for you to try! 

Happy Cooking!

Chef Jennifer   


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Ugly Is The New Pretty . .  .
when it comes to
Heirloom Tomatoes


black elephant

Big, purplish-brown fruit have a rich, sweet, savory taste and are great for fresh eating. This Russian variety is rather uncharming in looks, in fact most of the fruit tend to be misshapen, cracked and otherwise disagreeable in appearance. Thankfully their deliciousness more than makes up for their looks.

ananas noire


Also known as Black Pineapple, this is one of the most interesting tomatoes we offer. The skin has shades of green, purple, orange, and yellow.

white queen

This fruit has one of the best flavors of all tomatoes, being fragrant, fruity and intensely sweet. It’s creamy white in color and very attractive. A productive variety that has become very rare.


striped roman

Bright green flesh has bursts of red streaks that will definitely add intrigue to your vegetable platter. The lip smacking flavor starts out sweet and ends with the perfect amount of tang.


Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

photo courtesy of The Noshery of Flicker

Yields 8 servings


  • 1-8 oz loaf Italian bread
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 medium ripe heirloom tomatoes of choice, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F*.
  2. Slice bread diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  3. Place bread slices on 1- 2 cookie sheets.
  4. Toast bread 15 minutes or until crusty and dry, turning slices over once halfway through baking.
  5. Transfer bread to wire racks to cool slightly.
  6. When bread is cool enough to handle, rub 1 side of each toast slice with cut side of garlic. Discard garlic.
  7. Meanwhile, in small bowl, gently toss tomatoes, basil, minced garlic, oil, salt, and pepper until combined.
  8. To serve, spoon 1 heaping tablespoon tomato mixture on garlic-rubbed side of each toast slice.

5 Ways to Support Georgia Grown Today!

5 Ways to Support Georgia Grown

5 wyas to support

From Rabun Gap to Bainbridge, Waycross to Blue Ridge, agriculture is part of every life in Georgia.  While all Georgians do not live on farms, agriculture affects each and every citizen of the state.  It is a $70 billion industry providing Georgians with more than 380,000 jobs.  Supporting our local agriculture industry can be a great boost to our economy as well as fun and healthy.  Below are the Top 5 ways your business can promote Georgia’s agriculture industry.

1. Eat Georgia Grown Ask your local grocer for their selection of Georgia Grown products.

2.Buy Georgia Grown There are several great CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) that will deliver directly to your office building.  Setting up a Georgia Grown CSA delivery to your building will provide your employees an easy way to purchase locally grown products and/or provide your break room with plenty of healthy snacks. Locally grown products are also available at a Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market near you.

3.Visit Georgia Grown Have your next meeting or retreat on a Georgia farm.  Agritourism and You-Pick operations have been sprouting up all over Georgia.  Several agritourism locations have packages made for office groups and meeting facilities.

4. Wear Georgia Grown In 2011, Georgia harvested 1.495 million acres of cotton, making Georgia the second largest cotton producing state in the nation.  Furthermore, Georgia is home to several apparel companies that make all kinds Georgia Grown clothing.

5. Sponsor Georgia Grown The Georgia Grown program is always looking for partners to help support Georgia’s farmers. We will be happy to work with you to find the best partnership for your business.



If you are interested in implementing any of these ideas at your business or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 404-656-3680 or visit us at