Heirloom Tomatoes and a Whole Foods Giveaway

I’ve tried to grow my own tomatoes, with very little luck.  Even when starting them from seed, they just wilted, withered, and died in the FL heat.  I think I planted them too late, which meant they struggled to grow during the most sweltering time of the year. If anyone can tell me the correct time I should plant tomatoes in Climate 9, please leave a comment with the answer. I’d love to get better at growing my own food.

Recently, Whole Foods invited me to explore their selection of heirloom tomatoes. I dreamily gazed at the gorgeous tomatoes, each one uniquely shaped and hued.  There’s no denying they taste sweeter, meatier, and fresher than the run of the mill store bought kind.  Having these around the house just makes me more determined to figure out how to grow my own.

Now the fun part – Whole Foods has generously offered one reader a $50 gift card!  You can check out these beauties for yourself and see how much more intense they taste.  I’ve made an heirloom tomato and peach salsa and a yellow tomato and goat cheese tart.  Fill out the widget below to enter.  Good luck!

Disclaimer: Whole Foods provided me a gift card to purchase heirloom tomatoes.  All opinions are my own. 
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  1. I love a simple tomato, cucumber and red onion salad…so good when tomatoes are perfectly in season!

  2. I love having a fresh tomato sandwich! Yum, nothing better!

  3. YEHUDIS says:

    I love plum tomatoes!

  4. My favorite tomato dishes are tomato gratin or using the tomatoes to make fresh salsa or marinara.

  5. Tomatoes are one of Reed’s favorite foods. I just cut them up, put them on his tray and he chows down! Unrelated, but I think you have a future career in food photography!

  6. Anything caprese. So, so good.

  7. My favorite tomato dish has to be a tomato-cucumber-feta salad. Or, you know, just eating them by the slice with a little salt and pepper. 🙂

  8. I love making fresh salsa with tomatoes.

  9. Those are gorgeous tomatoes! I’m a big salsa girl – the peach and heirloom salsa you mentioned sounds great!

  10. I love making tomato and mozz salad. yum…

  11. Lindsey says:

    I love a slice of home grown tomato on a grilled hamburger 🙂

  12. I love fresh tomatoes with salt on them. Then, of course, adding some mozzarella or feta never hurt anyone 🙂

  13. My favorite way to eat a home grown or good heirloom tomato is to just eat it on a bagel with cream cheese. That way the flavor really stands out.

  14. Pico de Gallo!

  15. I like it cooked — chili or lasagna!

  16. Favorite tomato dish?! That is the toughest question EVER… 🙂

    My top 5 are: caprese salad, shakshouka, fresh tomato pasta sauce, chana masala, and roasted tomato gazpacho.

  17. We just made homemade salsa at our house with fresh tomatoes. Turned out pretty good.

  18. I like to make homemade flatbread and have it with plain, sliced, fresh tomatoes with drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and fresh basil leaves.

  19. Caprese salad is my favorite tomato dish. Love the combo with basil.

  20. I love Caprese anything!

  21. Elis B. says:

    lasagna

  22. My favorite way to use a ripe, fresh from the garden, tomato is a tomato sandwich. Toast, mayo, tomato, and a pinch of salt. That’s it. Simple and delicious.

  23. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I love homemade bruschetta, with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic from my garden!

  24. Plain old SALSA!

  25. I love tomato gazpacho!

  26. Love the fresh tomatoes of summer

  27. I love tomato sauce!

  28. I guess it’s more of a condiment, but I LOVE pico de gallo!

  29. Holly B says:

    Caprese with fresh basil and mozarella…so good!

  30. I love homemade spaghetti sauce!

  31. I love roasted tomato basil soup! 🙂

  32. Fresh tomatoe slices on top of a pizza with fresh mozarella

  33. Deirdre says:

    I love fresh pico de gallo salsa made with plum tomatoes. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. We have tomatoes (my favorites are the cherry) and I LOVE making caprese salads in the summertime!

  35. Caprese salad, hands down! I like the traditional one, or for a twist I chop up tomatoes and add the little balls of mozzarella, then toss with orzo and basil pesto. Always a big hit.

  36. I love making tomato bruschetta! Or fresh tomato salsa OR tomato and onion tarts! mmm.. Love me some tomatoes! Great giveaway!

  37. Maggie Wallace says:

    I love homemade tomato soup!

  38. Pasta sauce. Its so good and I make it almost every week

  39. I like making simple oven roasted tomatoes to add to a whole variety of different dishes

  40. Caprese salad is one of my favorites, but really good tomatoes only need to be sliced and sprinkled with a pinch of salt!

  41. Rachel Tilly says:

    Bruschetta, farro with tomatoes, roasted tomato pizza, the list goes on 🙂 I love tomatoes!!

  42. A B.L.T sandwich 😀

  43. I always put a lot of tomatoes in my turkey chili1

  44. I love tomatoes on everything! Salads, sandwiches, nachos, bruschetta, salsa. All of my fav foods have tomatoes!

  45. Donna L says:

    I love bacon, lettuce and tomatoes sandwiches.

  46. I love BLTS! It doesn’t get any better

  47. Colleen says:

    in the summer, most def. Ina Garten’s gazpacho recipe. and nothing beats fresh tomato, basil and mozz on good crusty bread. too many to decide!!! Great blog, just discovered it from Incredible recipes on fb from your ice cream martini post.

  48. I love brucheta*

  49. Melissa says:

    Grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches. Basic, but so delicious!

  50. Pizza!

  51. meredith says:

    A yummy caprese salad

  52. I love bruschetta!

  53. Jenny Hartin says:

    Salsa! Salsa!

  54. Those tomatoes are gorgeous!

  55. I love having a caprese salad – my favorite way to enjoy tomatoes!

  56. I love cherry tomatoes, cut in half, and put on top of cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel, but I like tomatoes in so many ways it’s ridiculous. They are fabulous.

  57. I love a simple tomato and mayo sandwich!

  58. Ashley C says:

    I like mixing tomatoes and guacamole with cottage cheese!

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  59. Jessica says:

    Salsa, always salsa.

  60. Stephanie says:

    Caprese salad, of course!

  61. Home grown cherry tomatoes with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

  62. Meaghan says:

    I love fresh salsa!!! So good!

  63. i’m all about bruschetta. and does pizza count?

  64. Becky Richied says:

    I love to make my gumbo with my tomato paste additive for the broth…it makes it so yummy!

  65. Kim Henrichs says:

    I like to slice them with salt and pepper and balsamic, then toast italian bread with olive oil and put them on top and eat it open faced.

  66. my favorite tomato dish is a simple insalata caprese with balsamic glaze and basil fresh from the garden.

  67. My favorite dish is BLT Pasta! Love to make it with a rainbow of cherry tomatoes!

  68. I love it simple with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper!

  69. Athena R says:

    I just love fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper. There is nothing better.

  70. Emily Wells says:

    I love caprese salad.

  71. Angela Moisant says:

    Can’t wait to try the tomato and peach salad! Two of my favorites put together!

  72. Rebecca says:

    I love a fresh, ripe tomato sliced on lightly toasted bread with a smear of homemade labneh and generous sprinkles of salt and pepper.

  73. Ricardo says:

    I make a delicious Tomato Tart with goat cheese, parmesan and caramelized onions after I tried one at a restaurant and loved it! I always use Heirloom Tomatoes for it.

  74. Belinda says:

    I love tomatoes in every shape, size and color. I have to say I haven’t found a dish I don’t like. To choose a seasonal, I think I’d have to say sliced zucchini, tomatoes and onions layered and baked, with Parmesan bread crumbs on top!

  75. A BLT sandwich on a croissant

  76. Fresh Salsa!

  77. Roasted tomatoes are delightful, but I also enjoy fresh organic tomatoes raw!

  78. Marianna says:

    Love to eat heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella.

  79. Caprese salad! BLTs! Salsa! Give me all of them!

  80. Blt pizza! Sooo good with black krims!

  81. I actually like them plain!

  82. I wish my husband ate tomatoes – it would make life so much easier!

  83. I love a simple caprese salad.

  84. My favorite tomato dish is probably tomato and mozzarella cheese salad. We buy it from a deli but I should probably learn how to make it!

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