Before I get started with a zillion photos and all the details, let me just say this: I spent last weekend at Eatwell Farm’s Tomato Sauce Party (in Dixon, CA) and it was magical. And, luckily for you, this is not just a “hey, look at this super fun thing I did” post, because they just so happen to have another one coming up on Labor Day weekend!
So, what exactly is a tomato sauce party, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s a
once-in-a-lifetime once-a-year chance to:
- Preserve the summer’s tomato bounty to enjoy all year long, however you like (tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, or even tomato jam!)
- Wander around the farm, pick strawberries, stroll through lavender fields, and meet the chickens
- Taste delicious Drinkwell softers and Icebox ice cream sandwiches
- Share a polenta and potluck dinner with some lovely people
- Make some s’mores
- Camp in a pluot orchard
- Enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast, complete with Blue Bottle Coffee and eggs from the resident chickens
As you can tell, this farm made me happy. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole weekend!
These sweet little guys weren’t quite ready, but there were literally tons of vine-ripened tomatoes ready for canning!
Some people canned whole tomatoes – aren’t they gorgeous?!
My friend Kristen and I decided to go the sauce route. We started by sautéing onions and garlic in some basil olive oil, added lots and lots of chopped tomatoes, and through in a splash of balsamic, a dash of salt and pepper, a couple of rosemary sprigs, and a sprinkling of savory that I got in my last Eatwell CSA box.
Then we let it simmer and reduce while we enjoyed some lunch…
…and sipped Lorraine’s refreshing sparkling softers…
…and nibbled a couple of delicious Icebox ice cream sandwiches (the strawberry goat cheese swirl was our favorite!)…
…and went strawberry picking.
When we got back, it was time to can. Neither of us had either canned anything before, but there were tons of friendly pros who were kind enough to teach us (and chat with us, and enjoy some wine with us, and share some incredible tomato jam with us).
One family who’d been coming to the Eatwell Farm Tomato Sauce Party for seven years had their process down to a science. They made 89 jars of sauce!
After dinner, we took a beautiful sunset stroll, met the chickens, and walked through the lavender fields.
All in all, the tomato sauce party at Eatwell Farm was my favorite activity of the summer so far!
*I received a free ticket to the event from Eatwell Farm in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own. I really did love this event and highly recommend it to my readers!