By Rachel Wilhelm
Summer is here, and with it, the bold, fresh flavors of produce straight out of the garden that we have been so patiently waiting for! At our family-owned Open Spigot Farm in Tennessee, we love being able to walk out into the garden pick the freshest and most delicious heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs for special summer dishes.
If you don’t have the luxury a garden right outside your door don’t worry! This is also the time of year you can find the same fresh produce and herbs at your local farmer’s market.
One of our all-time favorite summer recipes is a true Southern classic, bringing the garden and center aisle of your grocery store together in a perfect marriage of our Randall Beans Great Northern Beans and heirloom tomatoes — Tomato Bean Pie. This time of year, tomatoes are in abundance, oftentimes being given away to family or friends if your cup —or vines — runneth over.
Most traditional tomato pie recipes call for mayo and grated cheese, but we enjoy putting our own special twist on this classic! Substituting the filling with Randall Beans, tangy goat cheese and smooth mascarpone cheese with fresh herbs elevates this summer recipe in a subtle yet impactful way!
If you can, we recommend choosing a few different sizes and colors of tomatoes for variety to really make it a beautiful centerpiece as well as a delicious dish your friends and family will envy. If you have a homemade pie crust recipe you love, go for it! Otherwise, a refrigerated pre-made crust can cut down on prep time and make the recipe a little more beginner-friendly.
Looking for more fresh, summer, Farmers Market inspired recipes? Be sure to grab your FREE copy of our Farmers Market Favorites Cookbook! This collection is loaded with dishes featuring bright and delicious flavors you can only get from fresh produce at your local Farmers Market.