UPDATE: October, 2012
This year's crop of Smoke-dried Tomatoes is ample enough to continue to ship out via mail order. And of course there are plenty of SdTs in the farm stand!
See information below these photos:
The Tomato Field at Gause
Up to five bags will fit in a priority mail box. Shipping/handling (Priority Mail) costs $7.00 for one to five bags. You are welcome to order only one bag or any number of bags up to five, and the shipping/handling is the same.
We accept checks or money orders for mail orders, but NO credit cards! To order, please send a check or money order for the total. We ship usually within three days of receiving your funds, unless the weekend intervenes.
Boggy Creek Farm
3414 Lyons Road
Austin TX 78702
Sample Order Amounts:
1 bag (8.95 + 7.00) = $15.95
2 bags (17.90 + 7.00) = $24.90
3 bags (26.85 + 7.00) = $33.85
4 bags (35.80 + 7.00) = $42.80
5 bags (44.75 + 7.00) = $51.75
Please note that shipping is included in the final numbers above.
Thank you for your past orders. We hope you will be pleased with this year's tomatoes!
A "Tip" sheet (enclosed with all mail orders), is located below, on this page, with information on storage, marinating the tomatoes in olive oil, and suggestions for uses. Briefly, any recipe calling for "sun-dried" tomatoes is better with Larry's Smoke-dried Tomatoes, and any recipe using bacon or ham is healthier and just as flavorful with these smoked tomatoes! Try them in scrambled eggs, beans, pastas, stews, soups, cheese spreads, cornbread, etc....See below for Tips on Enjoying the Smoke-dried Tomatoes
Larry and the Tomatoes:
During the tomato season, we harvest tons of heirloom and regular tomatoes to sell fresh at the farm stand and also enough to freeze to have them available at the farm stand, so customers can make rich soups and stews throughout the winter.
At our Milam County farm, we grow Roma tomatoes expressly for the purpose of smoke-drying. This is a procedure Larry developed in 1994, out of desperation to save a ripe tomato crop that had been compromised by a typical Texas rain/wind storm. Since it is so humid in Texas, sun-drying the fruit was not feasible. Instead, Larry built a smoke house, and wooden trays to hold the tomatoes, and maintained a steady "cool" fire, using the abundant post oak growing on the farm. The tomatoes do not cook; they simply dry with the aid of gently swirling smoke, over the course of three to five days. The result is a rich, deep red, dried tomato with an incredible smoky flavor.
Since 1994, a portion of every summer is dedicated to smoke-drying tomatoes. We sell the smoke-dried tomatoes, as they are, in a zip lock bag, but you, in your home, can marinate them in extra-virgin olive oil in a clean jar (the oil takes on the smoky tomato flavor), and use not only the tomatoes, but also the resulting incredible oil as a flavor component in many dishes.
Tips for Enjoying Smoke-dried Tomatoes
Larry's original Smoke-dried Tomatoes are intensely flavored bits of sunshine! Any recipe calling for "sun-dried" tomatoes will be extra special with Smoke-dried Tomatoes!
The tomatoes can be eaten out of hand, as a snack, or trail food, but be sure to save some to marinate in extra-virgin olive oil! The olive oil takes on the smoky tomato flavor and can be used to dress pasta, saute vegetables, and in dressings (wonderful with spinach!). Simply submerge the tomatoes in enough olive oil to cover, in a clean jar, and let it set for a few days so that the oil can absorb the smoky, tomatoey flavor. If you run out of this delicious oil before you run out of tomatoes, simply add more oil to the jar.
For long-term storage (2 weeks or more), refrigerate the oil/tomatoes, as no preservatives have been used; olive oil can go rancid. The product can also be frozen for up to one year. Once cold, the oil will congeal, but it will liquefy again at room temperature. Store dry-pack Smoke-dried Tomatoes in the refrigerator, tightly sealed in a jar, to prevent further dehydration.
To use Smoke-dried Tomatoes (S-dT's): Re-hydrate in very hot water (or hot, but not smoking, olive oil) for a few minutes. Chop the tomatoes up into itty bitty pieces (or use a food processor) to conserve and distribute the flavors throughout a dish. Using the flavored oil will further extend the flavor.
Saute Vegetables: Simmer chopped onions/garlic in a tad of the S-dT oil until softened. Add other vegetables (eggplant, squash, green beans,etc.) chopped, and simmer until they are softened. Add bits of S-dT's, stir and simmer a few minutes more. Toss with hot pasta, rice, or spoon over spaghetti squash, or place on toast for an open-faced sandwich.
Greens: Saute almost any variety of greens (chard, spinach, mustard, collards, etc) in S-dT olive oil, with garlic and mushrooms. Sprinkle with bits of S-dT's and either crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese. Beans or Chile: Add two or three S-dT's to the pot!
Bacon Substitute: Quiche -- Add S-dT's to any quiche recipe, especially to replace ham or bacon. Scrambled Eggs -- gives vegetarians the bacon experience without the bacon! Carnivores will especially love, and indeed "wolf down" S-dT's and eggs!
S-dT Pesto: In a food processor, whiz the S-dT's with enough olive oil to make a puree. Add nuts and Parmesan or Romano cheese as desired. Basil, spinach, cilantro or sorrel leaves, in season, may be added.
Cheese Treats: Blend any soft cheese (chevre,cream) with minced pieces of S-dT and some of the oil. Or blend the cheese with the S-dT pesto. Stuff this mixture into de-seeded jalapenos or spread on a cracker or piece of toast. Blend the mixture with hot pasta.
Cornbread, Biscuits, Breads: Add minced pieces and some S-dT oil. Yum!