I picked up about a dozen tomatoes from one of my favorite farms here in CT as I was heading home from an early morning walk at the beach today. I am happy to go out of my way to see what’s being offered at Stahursky Farm.
Single words burnished into weathered plaques inform passersby about what has been picked from the field that morning.
Did you know that summer leeks are traditional on Sephardic tables on Rosh Hashanah? I did not. Here’s how it goes:
The Aramaic word for leeks is “karti”, which is very similar to the Hebrew, “yikartu”, meaning to “cut off”. We pray that our enemies will be “cut off”, allowing for safety and security of the Jewish people and all of our friends.
Long, layered stalks of Leeks are neatly lined up in your local markets now along with the long-awaited abundance of perfectly ripe tomatoes and gorgeous eggplants.
This is how we connect seasonal ingredients to holiday dishes. Yup, it goes beyond apples and pomegranates, for sure.