Farmers Market Fresh Salsa

There is nothing better than spending a lazy summer morning at your local farmers market. You are guaranteed to get the freshest ingredients possible for the season all while supporting your local community businesses! There is also a surprise element added to your typical grocery list, as you just never know what the farmers are going to bring in for the day. This is the best time to try something new, even something you never knew existed before. However, for this particular trip I was on a mission for tomatoes. I had recently read a great article in Edible Columbus that was about heirloom tomatoes. I learned that to be a true heirloom, the variety had to be open air pollinated and in existence for at least 50 years. Wow! Most varieties are seeds that have been passed down within family farms for years.

My morning visit to The Clintonville Farmers Market was a success. I found different sizes, colors and varieties from two different farms. Later that afternoon, while basking in the very hot sun, I was enjoying a slightly spicy and oh-so fresh salsa with corn chips and a nice cool beverage to beat the heat!

Farmers Market Fresh Salsa

3 semi-ripe to ripe medium sized tomatoes
2 garlic cloves roasted
1/2 - 1 jalapeno pepper
1/2 red or white onion diced
1 cup or more fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 lime for juice
ground sea salt and pepper to taste

Don't judge a tomato by it's cover! When you are buying organic and local items, they are not going to look like your perfectly engineered products at the grocery store. This is OK! I promise you will not be disappointed. 

1. Roast the garlic cloves in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until slightly browned. I usually turn over halfway through. This helps to cut the bite of the raw garlic, which can become to overpowering when using fresh tomatoes.
2. Coarsely chop tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeno. Mix together in a large bowl.
3. Add salt and pepper, then squeeze lime juice into mixture.
(If the mixture is extremely juicy, strain desired amount of liquid out)
4. In a food processor, finely chop the roasted garlic.
5. Scoop salsa mixture into food processor with the garlic. Use the MIX or STIR button to gently combine ingredients together. I like the finer consistency, but you can omit this step for a more rustic salsa.