A timeless tomato tart recipe – The Denver Post

By Vallery Lomas, The New York Times

This spring, as shoppers searched shelves for yeast and flour, heirloom tomatoes were just beginning their journey. Their seeds were buried and reliably took root. With water, sunlight and good soil, the plants bore fruit, offering a timely reminder to us all on the importance of nourishment and care.

Heirloom tomatoes illustrate a connection to the past, and there’s comfort in how they stand the test of time. The prized seeds are passed down from season to season, generation to generation. Farmers harvest them from the juiciest, sweetest and most vibrant tomatoes, then save and plant the seeds the next year once the weather is warm. Gardeners and shoppers who revere them know that their season is worth the wait. There are thousands of varieties, from the roundish and slightly peppery Brandywines to the stately, bi-colored Gold Medals — all unlike those cookie cutter-like hybrids that are bred to be “tough enough” for a long, bumpy journey.