Tomatoes and the weather | Around About North County

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad we are not dependent on farming for our livelihood. We planted six tomato plants this year and they are loaded with tomatoes. However, with the weather going from hot to cold and back again, the tomatoes are still not ready. When it stayed warm for a while we did get 3 or 4 that could be picked and they were delicious. 

I talked to one of the “tomato” farmers at Farmers Market the other day and he said that his tomatoes were slow in ripening this year, too. He suggested that we just be patient!

While I’m being patient I’ll purchase some of those wonderful red grape tomatoes, some yellow pear tomatoes and some orange cherry tomatoes I see at the Farmers Market and make this following recipe: 

Tiny-tomato Salad with Cucumbers


1½ cups yellow pear tomatoes, halved

1½ cups orange cherry tomatoes, halved

1½ cups red grape tomatoes, halved

1 English cucumber, scored and sliced ¼-inch thick 

2 Tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper


For salad, in a large bowl combine first five ingredients (through green onion). Toss gently to combine. For vinaigrette, in a screw-top jar combine remaining ingredients. Cover; shake well. Pour over tomato salad and toss to coat. Cover; chill 1 to 4 hours. Stir gently before serving. Makes 10 servings.

The cooler weather has been nice for some of our community outdoor events, including the Summer Concert Series “Saturday In The Park”. Our Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee and the Printery Foundation.

The Foundation was the sponsor of the Martin Paris Band concert last Saturday evening.  We have been sponsors for several years for Martin’s group and we love the idea that we can help promote the “performing arts” in this way. We all look forward to the time when we have a “theatre” in the Printery Building and can have concerts, dramatic productions, and other exciting events all year.

Last week I talked about the “treasures” in our communities and sure enough, many people agreed and commented that our Bandstand on the Lake is truly a “treasure.” 

There are still five more concerts to enjoy this summer. Mark your calendars for the following: The Jammies on Aug. 3, JD Project on Aug. 24, The Rockin’ Bs Band on Aug. 31, Stellar Band on Sept. 7, and Soundhouse on Sept. 14.

The other evening event this week, that was blessed with beautiful weather, was the “Tuesdays in the Park” BBQ hosted by PEO Chapter VF and CALL. The BBQs are organized by the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and food is prepared by the Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733. It was a great evening.

Be sure to come out next Tuesday, Aug. 6, for the last BBQ in the series. It will be hosted by Quota International of Atascadero and Community Church of Atascadero. They will start serving at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.  The Community Band will play at the Bandstand from 7-8 p.m.

Another “last” event for this summer will be the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation’s Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Atascadero High School track. All ages are welcome from 3 to 103!

Trading Day and Kids’ Flea Market is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paso Robles City Park. This is one of the largest yard sales in the North County, with antiques, crafts, and the Kids Flea Market for 3rd to 8th grades. For more information or to be a vendor call 805-238-4103.

Paso’s Concerts in the Park will continue in August on the 8th and 15th, at the Paso City Park Bandstand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

If you are interested in an update on the plans for a performing arts theatre in the historic Printery Building in Atascadero, plan to attend the Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee’s (APACC) Annual Meeting at the Atascadero Chamber conference room, on Aug. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the collaboration of APACC with the Atascadero Printery Foundation. There will be updates and theatre design concepts to see.

Please RSVP: [email protected] or call 805-460-9182.  Cheers!


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