Greetings from Carrboro,
Tomatocracy (tə-mā-tä-krə-sē) noun — rule by the tomatoes and for the tomatoes.
OK. So it’s not a real word. Yet. But, c’mon. “Hangry” wasn’t a word 5 years ago either. And it’s like, everywhere now. I feel the time for tomatocracy may be now. It’s in the air. But being sensitive to this fraught civic environment, I certainly don’t want anyone to think I’m overtly politicizing garden produce. Tomatocracy is not anti-eggplant. Or biased against kohlrabi. Cross my heart. It’s more, let’s say, pro-delicious. I understand that haters are gonna hate, but really people, it’s July in Carrboro. And it’s hot and humid and, well, let’s be real, tomatoes actually rule. Anyway, when was the last time you drooled over a kohlrabi sandwich?
It’s here. In all its juicy glory. The 18th annual Acme Tomato Festival. July 11th – 14th. It’s Acme’s annual deep-fried, wide-eyed, rarified, belly-flop into the luscious heart of summer. Think of it as an equal celebration of the hard-working farmers who battle the daily heat and humidity and heaven-knows-what-all and, at the same time, those sumptuous fruits of their labor that give the festival its name. In the four days, we’ll go through some 800 pounds of tomatoes. A lot. An awful lot. We’ll slice and dice, simmer and sauté, fry and oven-dry like there’s no tomorrow. If tomatoes are not your thing, I’d definitely recommend eating somewhere else this weekend.
Just think of all the deliciousness. Lemon Boy and Pink Lady. Cherokee Purple and Big Beef. Yellow Pear and Moonbeam. Green Zebra and German Johnson. Brandywine and Kellogg Breakfast. Celebrity and Juliet. And, believe it or not, that’s just a partial list. But you get my drift. All your favorites will be here. And we’re going to cook them in as many delicious ways as we can imagine. All weekend long. Think of it as a much deserved tomatocation. Yes, I know. That’s not a real word. Yet.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme
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