Tomatoes picked from Didier Farm


What is simpler, going to the grocery store to buy tomatoes or going to a farm and picking them yourself? From the many trips that I have made to the grocery store I acknowledge that it’s easy and fast to go to a store, grab some veggies put them in a bag and take them home to make a salad. Whatever your salad of choice may be and however great of a chef you are I want to challenge your taste buds and ask you to recall the flavor of the tomatoes in the Greek Salad or Caprese Salad you last ate. The tomatoes were they juicy and sweet or were they hard and bland? Do you know what a real tomato tastes like? Here at Life Made Simple we want to encourage you to think about things of simplicity and challenge society’s system that has created fast and efficient services. Convenience is nice but when does it get too convenient that we become enslaved to laziness and no longer work for what we consume but we just pay for it?

To show you what I mean, I decided to firsthand go out in the ‘field’ -literally and pick my own tomatoes. There is a farm very close to my house in Prairie View called Didier Farm. Didier Farm has been open since 1912. They specialize in growing a variety of vegetables and one thing that distinguishes Didier Farm from purchasing produce from a Farmers Market is that they give customers the option to go out in the field and pick [term they use: U-Pick] the veggies of their choice, for less money 🙂

In my experience of picking my own tomatoes I felt so liberated and free. After the busy day I’ve had-going to the city for my morning classes and taking the Metra train back to the suburbs going to a farm was the highlight of my day that humbled my spirit. To paint a picture for you imagine this; I was away from traffic noise, no other people around me-either talking or pushing shopping carts, just me outside amongst the fall breeze surrounded in a field of sweet tomato aromas. I felt like a kid again, picking tomatoes while playing a game with my feet called “don’t step on the tomatoes.”

That day I picked at least 3 pounds of tomatoes and my reward when I got home was to make a salad with few ingredients but so much sweet flavor. I felt good eating my tomato salad-after all I did pick the tomatoes myself!

Simple Tomato Salad
2 diced tomatoes
2 springs of fresh parsley
1 tbs. olive oil
sea salt- to taste
crumbled feta cheese – to taste

Simply Delicious!

-Evie P.

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