Tuesday, June 19, 2012

garden to table challenge - pizza

Confession: this is inspired from one of last weeks recipes (Pesto Pizza) on the Garden to Table Challenge at Greenish Thumb.  Mine is different, but the idea to make farmer's market pizza's definitely came from Lindalou.

The great thing about a farmer's market pizza is that everything is going to be fresh, and you can pick what you like.  My group vetoed peppers, but there were a few I had my eye on.

The great thing about the farmer's market is interacting with the farmers.  I knew I wanted sausage for the pizzas, and when I asked Cloudcrest Farms what would be good, they were able to recommend what they used on pizzas the night before. When I picked out mixed tomatoes, the farmers from Pocket Farms were able to show me a low acidity yellow tomato named 'taxi' to try along with a more traditional looking (ie red) heirloom tomato i forgot to ask the name of.

If I had been smart, I would have gotten my cheese at the farmers market, but I had some store bought in the fridge, so I used what I have.  Next time, I'm still a newbie.

(1) andoille sausage - farmers market
(6) small heirloom tomatoes, 1/2 diced 1/2 thinly sliced - farmers market
Basil - my garden
(2) medium pizza crust - store bought
Mozzarella - store bought
feta - store bought
olive oil w/italian spices - Alchemy Spice

I brushed the pizza dough with my olive oil, layered the tomatoes, toppings, cheese, and basil and baked according to the crust instructions.  This is the first pizza I have made with heirloom tomatoes, and it was ah-may-zing.  Having two different types of heirlooms was just so good.  I am convinced that I will never go back to regular tomatoes, and I am kicking myself for not putting my tomatoes in the ground earlier...it's going to be at least another 3 weeks before I have any tomatoes of my own.....but that's what the farmers market is for!


  1. We love our farmers market! It is a great way to support our local farmers and also a great way to fill in the gaps from our garden! That pizza looks fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. It's going to be at least 2-3 weeks before I have tomatoes of my own, so I'm very glad to fill the gap. I hope you enjoy the pizza!!

  2. Wow! I can almost taste it!
    Have a great day!
    Lea's Menagerie

    1. Thank's Lea. Have a wonderful day yourself!!

  3. yum - that pizza sounds awesome! i've only made my one pizza once or twice. it's so easy and yummy - don't know why we don't do it more often.

    1. If I were better about keeping (or making) pizza crusts, I would probably do this all the time. I'm not that good though!


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