They're here! my loves are back. I've waited all year for their arrival. I anticipate this salad of warm juicy tomatoes layered with fresh basil, creamy mozzarella and flakes of maldons sea salt that burst in my mouth. There is nothing like it and makes the wait well worth it. I will astray from its so called poser that grows during the winter months. When you have tomatoes this good they need very little work, you want the beautiful fruit to shine.
Did you know that there are slavery conditions taking place in the tomato fields in Florida? Not only are they treating workers terribly, they are doing truly awful things to tomatoes. Mark Bittman's article about the tomato fields is very informative. I sadly didn't know about this topic, as much as I like to think I'm very aware of most food related issues. The problems never seem to end and I was shocked to learn about this. I can honestly say that I dont support it, thankfully. Since I never buy cruddy tomatoes, I only shop for them locally at my market, when they are in season. When Nicole contacted me to bring awareness to topic, I happily agreed. Learn more below about the slave free campaign and awareness below. Be sure to sign the petition (it takes 30 seconds) and check out The Giving Table for more info.
mozzarella (burrata is amazing also)
good quality olive oil
simple as it sounds its heaven. combine all ingredients, eat it as a salad, put it on crostini, whatever way you fancy.
Slavery is not just happening overseas. Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Molloy once called Florida’s tomato fields “ground zero” for modern-day slavery in the United States. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in U.S. tomato fields.
Recipe for Change--a campaign led by International Justice Mission in partnership with the Fair Food Standards Council and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers-- is targeting three major supermarket chains this summer (Ahold, Publix and Kroger's), and asking its CEOs to support the Fair Food Program. Corporations that join agree to pay a small price increase for fairly harvested tomatoes (1.5 cents more per pound), and promise to shift purchases to the Florida tomato growers who abide by these higher standards – and away from those who won’t.
Major fast food companies, like McDonalds and Subway, have already endorsed the Fair Food Program, but the largest U.S. supermarket chains have yet to support this collaborative effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. This summer, we are asking anti-slavery advocates to petition supermarkets to do their part by joining the Fair Food Program, just like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have done—the only two supermarket chains as of June 2012.
Call to Action
Supermarkets can help eliminate slavery and other serious abuses from the tomato supply chain when they join the Fair Food Program. But in order to change its policies, CEOs need pressure from consumers.
Take 30 seconds, raise your voice, and sign your name to help ensure that supermarket tomatoes are slave-free!
Follow this link to send a letter to congress.
Links related to the topic
The Giving Table
The True Cost of Tomato's by Mark Bittman
CNN Freedom Project