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Now is tomato time in South Carolina

Tomato fans love this time of year! Amy Bishop, events and marketing manager at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, shared ways to enjoy tomatoes now, plus during the rest of the year.

Superior sandwiches — Add a mayo spread with fresh basil, salt and pepper, and fixings like bacon, avocado or seasonal produce.

Twists on caprese salad — Bishop enjoys three tomato varieties in this classic. “Striped Germans are perfect as a big, red heirloom slicer,” she said. Try Greenbrier Farm’s caprese orzo recipe:

Complements for seasonal produce — “Corn, cucumbers, peppers, okra, beans, squash — even watermelon — taste superb with tomatoes,” Bishop said, like in their summer squash and heirloom tomato casserole:

Roasted essence — Out of season, Bishop roasts Roma tomatoes for soup, garnished with a grilled cheese sandwich (she prefers mozzarella with goat cheese) chopped into cubes like croutons.

Canning or freezing — Aside from sauces and soups, Bishop suggests preserved tomatoes in salads and salsas, as well as over fish, chicken, pasta, rice or whole grains.

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