BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - At the Red Stick Farmer's Market on Saturdays, you often see farmer Eric Morrow selling blueberries past when others may have them available. In the month of October, he has tomatoes that have that summertime acid taste you want.
I asked him how it does it.
"We tried to trick 'em (the blueberries), tried to extend the season, tried different varieties so we could have some early stuff and then some later stuff so we could have a longer season."
Now for the tomatoes that look a different color of red, but taste just like your summer Louisiana creole tomatoes.
"It's not really not late-season this fall," Morrow said. "This is our fall crop. We do a continuous planting of tomatoes. We planted these tomatoes the 16th of July, and we plant them on white plastic which is white on top black on bottom. The white reflects the sun and the heat of the summer, (they're growing in July, August and September) The black keeps the grass from growing."
Morrow, who has 87 acres in Ponchatoula, said the blister of this summer's heat was so intense that the season was shortened for some farmers who don't use the plastic reflector method.
But for a shopper at any of the Red Stick Farmer's Market locations, you also have hyd roponic tomatoes offered. They are delicious hot house varieties.
It just goes to show that with South Louisiana's passion for tomatoes, the farmers at the Red Stick Farmer's Market will use all kinds of techniques with all the science they can muster to satisfy the Louisiana gourmand.
"It's using science. It's growing plants, biology, chemistry. It's all of that!" said Morrow.