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Heavenly Villagio Marzano® BLT Kabobs
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Ingredients
  • Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Deli Meat
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cubed Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Grapes
  • Mini Pita Pockets
  • Hummus
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Cucumber Sticks
Instructions
  1. On a skewer place whole wheat bread (sliced into fourths), Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomato, deli turkey, romaine lettuce, cubed cheese, crispy bacon and another piece of whole wheat bread on the other end.
  2. Fill remaining spaces of bento style lunchbox with other items listed.

True Rebel Mix® Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
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Ingredients
  • Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes
  • Tortilla or Spinach Wrap
  • Veggie Cream Cheese
  • Deli Meat
  • Cheese Slices
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi Slices
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Dressing/Dip of your choice
Instructions
  1. Spread veggie cream cheese onto the wrap.
  2. Lay 2-3 slices of ham & cheese flat onto the wrap.
  3. Roll up the wrap gently but tightly to be sure it keeps its shape.
  4. Cut into 1 inch slices.
  5. Fill other areas of bento style lunchbox with remaining items

Scrumptious Mini® Cucumber Roll-Ups
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Ingredients
  • 4 Village Farms Scrumptious Mini® cucumbers
  • Deli meat
  • Cream Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Cubed Cheese
  • Strawberries
  • Orange Slices
  • Miniature Cookie
Instructions
  1. Use a mandolin or vegetable peeler to cut long thin strips from the cucumber.
  2. Using a paper towel, pat the cucumber strips dry.
  3. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese onto the cucumber.
  4. Lay turkey inside and roll it up.
  5. Fill other areas of bento style lunchbox with remaining items

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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lorabella blossom™ – Recipe

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Fresh Summer Tomato Tart
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Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter or ghee
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 - 8 ounces honey goat cheese
  • 3 cups Village FarmsLorabella Blossom tomatoes, cut in half crosswise
  • Handful of basil
  • Balsamic reduction drizzle, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, 1 egg, almond flour, and sea salt.
  3. Whisk everything together and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. Grease your pie tin with coconut oil, spray, or extra butter.
  5. With your hands, press the crust into the pie tin. This won’t be typical pie crust consistency, it’s pretty malleable, so feel free to really spread it, break it and fill in the entire tin.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk the second egg.
  7. Brush the whisked egg on the inside of the pie crust.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes until golden brown.
  9. When it’s done baking, crumble the goat cheese into the bottom of the pie crust.
  10. Cut the the Lorabella Blossom tomatoes in half and line them in the pie crust, pushing them into the goat cheese if they need some help standing up.
  11. Turn your broiler on high and broil for 2 - 5 minutes depending on what kind of oven you have. I have an electric oven and it took me 5 - 7 minutes.
  12. Cut into 6 - 8 slices and drizzle with balsamic reduction if desired!

Recipe and photography by The Toasted Pine Nut

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Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs
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Ingredients
  • 10 oz. Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Lorabella Blossom™ tomatoes
  • 2 cups assorted Village Farms Sweet Bells® peppers
  • 2 onions coarsely chopped
  • ½ lb. cubed beef
  • ½ lb. cubed chicken
  • ½ lb. shrimp
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse all vegetables
  2. Chop sweet bell peppers and onions to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  3. Cube chicken and beef to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  4. Display ingredients in separate bowls
  5. Allow guests to create their own kabobs by skewering meats, tomatoes, onions, and peppers to their liking
  6. Brush kabobs with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you may like)
  7. Carefully place skewers on grill over medium heat
  8. Cook to desired doneness of the respective meats rotating every few minutes.
  9. Serve over a bed of rice

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village farms® – Recipe

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Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® Popsicle
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  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Cabernet Estate Reserve® Popsicle
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Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Scrumptious Mini® Cucumber Popsicle
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Ingredients
  • 4 Village Farms Scrumptious Mini® cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 ¼ cup honeydew
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Lorabella Blossom™ Popsicle
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Ingredients
  • 8 Village Farms Lorabella Blossom™ tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen peaches, defrosted (about 4 fresh, peeled)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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luscious seedless long english® – Recipe

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crisp cucumber melon salad
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Yields: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ Village Farms Luscious Seedless Long English® cucumber sliced in ¼ inch coins
  • 1½ cups cubed watermelon
  • 1½ cups cubed cantaloupe
  • ½ cup fresh mint roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, arugula and mint into a large bowl and combine.
  2. Toss with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top with crumbled feta.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or store in air tight container up to 3 days.

Recipe and photography by Zest My Lemon

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true rebel mix® – Recipe

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tomacado summer salad
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes halved or sliced ½ inch pieces
  • 1 slightly firm avocado cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ear of grilled corn shucked
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 - 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
  • large bunch of cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion or shallot chopped
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. Toss tomatoes, corn and red onion with hemp seeds, cilantro, lime juice and olive oil until combined.
  2. Fold in the avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix well so all the flavors incorporate together and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Can also be stored for 3-4 days in an air tight container.

Recipe and photography by Zest My Lemon

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

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fresh tomato salsa
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Ingredients
  • 1 package Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ red onion, either finely diced or coarsely grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 clove garlic, either minced or grated on a microplane
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt (taste to your liking)
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Recipe by Diana Pittet

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luscious seedless long english® – Recipe

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cucumber margarita
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Cucumbers add a delightful coolness to an already refreshing drink.
Ingredients
  • 4 slices long english cucumber®, plus one for garnish
  • 1 tsp. (heaping) sugar
  • 1oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1oz. orange liqueur (e.g., triple sec, curacao, Cointreau)
  • 2oz. blanco tequila
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices with sugar until the cucumbers exude their juices. Add the remaining ingredients into the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with salt (optional). Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Recipe by Diana Pittet

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 2 pita breads
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large lemon (1/4 cup lemon juice plus zest)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 11/2 teaspoons maple or honey
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 romaine hearts
  • 1 small English cucumber
  • 2 scallions (green onions)
  • 3 to 4 radishes
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • Sumac (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Brush the pita breads on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt. Slice each pita into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter. Place the wedges on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then break the wedges into irregular pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic, then use the flat blade of your knife to scrape it into a paste. In a medium bowl whisk together the garlic, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, cinnamon, allspice, maple, and several grinds of black pepper. Gradually whisk in ½ cup olive oil a tablespoon or two at a time until a creamy emulsion forms.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, shaking off as much water as possible. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the chickpeas, cumin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and several grinds of black pepper and sauté for 5 minutes until the chickpeas are golden and warmed through.
  4. Chop the romaine hearts. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the cucumber. Thinly slice the scallions and radishes; slice the radishes in half. Thinly slice the mint leaves. To serve, place the greens in the bowl and arrange the vegetables, chickpeas, and toasted pita on top, adding a few pinches of kosher salt to the tomatoes and cucumber. Drizzle with dressing and garnish with mint and lemon zest (or sumac, if desired).

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

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cabernet estate reserve® – Recipe

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sautéed tomato & chorizo skillet breakfast tacos
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Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 3 ounces chorizo, chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 10 ounces Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar or mexican cheese
  • 1 tablespoon packed cilantro leaves
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute red onion, chorizo and mushrooms until onions and mushrooms are softened. Season with red pepper flakes.
  2. Toss in tomatoes to the mixture and cook slightly to heat. Remove from heat.
  3. In a non stick skillet, heat butter. Whisk eggs and pour into skillet to scramble. After eggs are nearly cooked, stir in cheese.
  4. Remove from heat and fold eggs into sauteed tomato mixture; garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve warm wrapped in a tortilla.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

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shrimp and cherry tomatoes over cheesy cauliflower grits
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Ingredients
  • 3 slices center cut bacon
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 10 ounces Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall In Love Again® tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • For the grits:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small florets (about 6 cups riced cauliflower)
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons half and half or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. Chop or crumble bacon when cool enough to handle.
  2. Reserve 2 teaspoons bacon drippings in pan for shrimp. Arrange shrimp in pan in single layer, cooking over medium heat until pink and cooked through. Flip halfway to ensure even browning on both sides. Remove shrimp from pan. Add onions and kale to the skillet and cook until onions begin to turn translucent; stir constantly and slowly add broth to skillet to keep veggies from sticking.
  3. Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook just until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley.
  4. For the grits, rice cauliflower in blender or food processor. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add riced cauliflower and cook until starting to brown about 8 minutes, stir in broth and cover for about 5 minutes to steam cauliflower until fully cooked.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree cauliflower slightly to create a creamy consistency that resembles grit like texture. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and cream; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, ladle shrimp and tomato mixture over cheesy cauliflower grits and top with crumbled bacon.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

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Caprese Salad
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Yields: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the balsamic reduction, stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, and then simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to ⅓ cup. Allow it to cool to room temperature before using.
  3. Slice the campari tomatoes and mozzarella.
  4. Layer them on the plate, alternating between the two.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and drizzle with the balsamic reduction before serving.

Recipe and photography by Diana Ponce

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread
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Ingredients
  • 2 Naan flatbreads
  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Take ¼ bag of Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes and chop until it turns into a very chunky sauce. The remaining tomatoes, cut into small discs. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and cook 1 min. Now add chopped garlic, ½ tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix, bring heat down to medium and cook 2 mins.
  4. Now add your chopped tomatoes, chicken and half of the tomato discs. Let sit and cook on low 8-10 mins. If you think you overcooked it, simply add a little chicken stock to bring back its juice.
  5. We don't want it too watery because it will make the flatbread soggy. We're looking for a thicker consistency. Set side 5 mins to cool.
  6. Spread tomato and chicken mixture on flatbread leaving behind extra juices (if needed). Now place the remaining discs on top of the pizza spread out evenly.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 5 mins! Serve hot topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil! Enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Alex Torres

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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pork belly & tomato jam sliders
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Yields: 12 sliders
 
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds pork belly
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, quartered
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 slider buns, split
  • 3 cups baby arugula
Instructions
  1. Make the Pork Belly: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Remove skin from meat. Use sharp knife to score fat cap into a criss cross pattern (or ask your butcher to do this for you). Place meat in roasting pan and generously season all over with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and cook 3 hours.
  2. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook 30 minutes longer or until top of meat is caramelized and crisp, basting meat with accumulated juices every 10 minutes. Transfer meat to cutting board and let stand 30 minutes before slicing.
  3. Meanwhile, make the Tomato Jam: In medium saucepot, heat mini san marzano tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, ginger, cumin, salt, allspice and red pepper flakes to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until mixture has the consistency of jam, stirring occasionally.
  4. Assemble the Sliders: Slice pork belly into ¼-inch pieces. If pork belly has been prepared in advance and refrigerated, gently reheat sliced pieces in nonstick skillet until warmed through.
  5. Divide sliced pork belly among bottom buns. Top pork belly with a spoonful of Tomato Jam and a small handful of arugula. Covers with tops of buns and serve immediately.
  6. Home Chef Tip: The pork belly can be roasted up to 2 days in advance. After roasting, transfer whole pork belly to large plate or container and transfer to refrigerator, uncovered, for 2 hours or until completely cool, then cover until ready to slice, reheat, and assemble sandwiches. Tomato jam can be made up to 5 days in advance. After making tomato jam, let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Transfer to jar or covered container and refrigerate.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

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toasted ravioli nachos
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Yields: 10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces each) toasted beef ravioli (sub cheese or spinach for vegetarian option)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded Mexican-style taco cheese
  • 1 pound Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ⅓ cup sliced black olives
  • Guacamole, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. On large rimmed baking pan, prepare ravioli according to package directions. Sprinkle with black beans and cheese; return to oven and bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are warmed through.
  2. Serve topped with campari tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, onion and olives. Serve with guacamole, hot sauce, sour cream and lime wedges.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette
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Yields: 1 small 8-inch tart - Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 10 oz Package Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz White cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 14.1 oz Package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crusts, use one of the two crusts
  • 1 Egg white
  • ½ tsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Remove one roll of dough from the box, remove dough from plastic wrapper and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and add sliced onion and salt and cook until caramelized, about 25–30 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and drain well on a paper towel.
  3. Unroll the dough and place onto crust – in order – onions, shredded cheese and mini san marzano tomato slices being careful to leave a 1-inch border around the edges of the dough for folding. Fold the uncovered 1-inch edge of the dough up around the contents. The filling inside the galette (or tart) should be visible. Brush a small amount of the egg white mixture over the edges of the exposed crust. Bake at 400º for 20–25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Top with fresh thyme before serving.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

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cabernet estate reserve® – Recipe

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cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis
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Yields: Sauce for 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (1 lb) Village Farms cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Extra black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ cup Basil
  • 1 sprig Thyme (pick all of the leaves from the stem, discard stem)
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer tomatoes and any juice directly to a blender or food processor.
  3. Add olive oil, thyme leaves, and basil, and purée until smooth.
  4. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve immediately, or cool and set aside to serve chilled or reheated later.

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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

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cherry tomato crudo sauce
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Yields: 1 liter Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor - purée until smooth.
  2. Ideally, allow sauce to rest for 2–3 hours for the flavors to better assimilate, but it can be served immediately as well.

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sinfully sweet & spicy gazpacho
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Yields: 12 portions<br> Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash all the fresh vegetables.
  2. Trim the green onions and remove the whites.
  3. Split the jalapeño and remove/discard the seeds.
  4. Peel and grate the fresh horseradish (reserve 2 tbsp for garnish).
  5. Zest and juice the limes.
  6. Combine all ingredients in blender (except a couple tbsp of the horseradish).
  7. Chill and serve extremely cold in chilled glasses, with fresh horseradish stirred in at the last moment.

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bruschetta bar
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  1. Each different tomato variety will take a different type of dice: dice the campari tomatoes into small cubes, cut the mini san marzano tomatoes into ½" coins by cutting them on a cross section; cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters (to make wedges); cut the cabernet estate reserve™ tomatoes into quarters and then in half again to make them quite fine.
  2. Toss tomatoes with olive oil and vinegar at least an hour before serving so they have a chance to assimilate.
  3. Add the basil just prior to serving.
  4. Scoop onto toasted bruschetta and serve.

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Yields: 16 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Baguette or long ciabbata
  • ¼ tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Slice baguettes into ½" thick disks by cutting the baguette on the cross section.
  3. Lay the sliced baguette pieces out on a baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle them with olive oil and salt on both sides.
  5. Bake in the oven 5-8 minutes or until just golden; you want them to come out and crisp up as they cool, but still retain a soft center.

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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

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roasted cherry and cabernet tomatoes with burrata and basil
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500°F - Broil; move a rack to the top.
  2. Brush the cherry tomatoes with a bit of the olive oil, and lay them out one layer deep on a sheet pan.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast under the broiler on the top rack until the cherry tomatoes get some charring and start to blister.
  5. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a platter.
  6. Add the burrata to the platter, cut it open, and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle the cheese and cherry tomatoes with the remaining olive oil.
  8. Hand tear fresh basil and scatter over the salad.

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

VF Heavenly San Marzano Tomato Paste
heavenly san marzano tomato paste
Yields: 1 liter
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  2. Toss the mini san marzano tomatoes with a little olive oil and salt.
  3. Roast at 475°F for 15–20 minutes, until the mini san marzano tomatoes are dark and caramelized.
  4. Transfer roasted mini san marzano tomatoes and juice to a stock pot — add 1 cup water.
  5. Reduce on low temperature for 15 minutes.
  6. While still warm, purée mini san marzano tomatoes in a blender until smooth.
  7. Freeze in small containers (such as an ice cube tray).

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scrumptious mini® – Recipe

Tuna Stuffed Mini Cucumbers
tuna-stuffed mini cucumber canoes
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Village Farms mini cucumbers
  • 1 120g tin Canned tuna in water, drained
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Edamame, shelled
  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest
  • Pinch Black pepper
  • Pinch Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix tuna, mayo, and lemon juice in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Cut the mini cucumbers in half lengthwise, and shave a thin slice off the bottom so they sit flat.
  3. Using a small spoon, carve out a groove by removing the seeds and making a "canoe".
  4. Chop the extra mini cucumber slices and seeds, and toss into the tuna salad mixture.
  5. Fill up the mini cucumber "canoes" with the tuna salad and place the edamame beans on top. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

Cherry Tomato Tofu Edamame Salad
cherry tomato salad
Author: 
Yields: 8 portions
Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut all of the cherry tomatoes in half – reserve.
  2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients (except tomatoes) gently by hand in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Gently fold in the cherry tomatoes and any juice by hand.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust as needed.
cilantro vinaigrette
Author: 
Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Cilantro
  • ¼ cup Grain dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup White wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or combine in a bowl and puree with a hand blender. (All of the cilantro plant is useable, including the stalk…)

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

MSM-Crudaiola
Freddy's mini san marzano “crudaiola”
Author: 
Yields: Sauce for 4 people
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pulverize all ingredients in a mortar and pestle, or roughly chop all ingredients by hand to combine.
  2. Allow to rest for 2–3 hours for the flavors to assimilate.

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

Paesano-Potatoes
Freddy's "paesano" potatoes
Author: 
Yields: 1 8x12 Roasting Pan – 8 Portions
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb Mixed sweet peppers
  • ½ lb Onion
  • 1 lb Fingerling potatoes
  • ½ lb White button mushrooms
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Seed and cut peppers into julienned strips lengthwise.
  3. Thinly slice onions, mushrooms, and potatoes.
  4. Toss all prepped fresh vegetables together with the mini san marzano tomatoes, chili flakes, olive oil, salt & pepper.
  5. Transfer to a roasting pan and bake for 20–25 minutes, until potatoes are golden.
  6. Remove from oven, add chopped parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano. Serve immediately.

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes
Caprese Sandwich
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • Buffalo mozzarella, thinly-sliced
  • Chiffonade basil leaf
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Build sandwich to preferred ratios with mini san marzano tomatoes and cheese.
  2. Warm pan with butter.
  3. Brown each side of sandwich then finish in the oven at 350°F to melt cheese.
  4. Serve warm.

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scrumptious mini® – Recipe

VF-Scrumptious-Mini-Smoothie-Recipe
cucumber, mint, & apple smoothie
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Yields: 1 20oz smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Village Farms scrumptious mini cucumbers
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 tbsp Mint
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Spinach
  • ¼ cup Kale
  • 1 Lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender – purée until smooth.

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cabernet estate reserve® – Recipe

VF-Cabernet-Guinness-Grilled-Cheese
bacon-guinness grilled cheese
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Yields: 1 sandwich
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Layer brioche with bacon jam on the bottom slice;
  2. Top with Guinness cheddar (or any cheese of your choice).
  3. Spread the mustard on the underside of the top slice of bread.
  4. Build sandwich, saturate both outside surfaces with olive oil.
  5. Season outside of oil-soaked bread with sea salt.
  6. Brown slowly in a medium-high sautée pan, on both sides.
  7. Transfer to low temperature oven (325°F) to ensure cheese is melted through.
  8. Enjoy with an extra side of cabernet estate reserve® tomato & bacon jam for dipping…

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

VF-Marzano-Burrata-Sundae

mini san marzano & burrata sundae
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Yields: 4 salads
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 lb Burrata cheese (2 8oz balls, ideally)
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint
  • ½ cup Fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic reduction
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt – coarse Fleur de Sel
Instructions
  1. Cut mini san marzano tomatoes into quarters lengthwise; reserve.
  2. Cut artichoke into ¼˝-thick slices lengthwise; reserve.
  3. Toss artichokes and mini san marzano tomatoes with ½ of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place mini san marzano tomatoes and artichokes in bowl or sundae cup.
  5. Cut each burrata ball into halves. Lay each one in the middle of the salad, cut side up.
  6. Drizzle salad with remainder of olive oil, balsamic reduction, and coarse Fleur de Sel.

balsamic reduction
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place balsamic and sugar in a heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Simmer at low heat (very low rolling boil) for 15–20 minutes (or until it’s reduced to 50% of original volume).
  3. Remove from heat and cool.

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

VF-Campari-Recipe-Roast-Chicken

campari & kale salad
Author: 
Yields: 2 dinner salads
 
Ingredients
  • 1 LB (454 G) – Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes
  • 1 Head (225 G) – Kale
  • ½ Head (180 G) – Celery (heart only)
  • ¼ Cup (35 G) – Pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ Cup (35 G) – Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (16 G) – Hemp hearts
  • ¼ Cup (58 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ Cup (60 G) – Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Ea (1 Ea) – Lemon, juice and zest
  • ½ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Remove outer stalks from a head of lettuce and set aside for use in another dish;
  2. Clean celery core – carefully pick leaves and set aside; cut stalks into 1” batons;
  3. Clean kale and char whole leaves slightly on a BBQ or very hot cast iron pan.
  4. Coarsely chop kale, transfer to a large mixing bowl, squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over top.
  5. Cut campari tomatoes into quarters. Transfer to the mixing bowl with the kale.
  6. Add olive oil and vinegar.
  7. Gently fold in celery and all of the seeds.
  8. Season with salt and pepper. Plate individual salads and top with roasted chicken.

roast chicken
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Ea (1 Ea) – Chicken, 3–4 lb, cut into halves
  • ¼ Cup (58 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp (3 G) – Smoked paprika
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Celery salt
  • ½ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Dry bird thoroughly with paper towel.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, then rub with smoked paprika, celery salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in oven for 25–30 minutes, or until core temperature hits 160°F.
  5. Remove, rest 5 minutes, place over Campari & kale salad.

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true rebel mix® – Recipe

VF-TR-Recipe-Pearl-Bocconcini
pearl bocconcini
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Ingredients
  • 1 LB (454 G) – Village Farms true rebel mix® tomatoes
  • 2 Cups (280 G) – Pearl bocconcini
  • ¼ Cup (56 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ Cup (8 G) – Basil, fresh
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Wash tomatoes – cut into halves and quarters.
  2. Toss gently with bocconcini, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to serving dish – top with fresh picked basil.

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luscious seedless long english® – Recipe

Luscious Seedless Long English Cucumber
tzatziki
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Village Farms luscious seedless long english cucumbers, seeded and cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 cups Plain yogurt or yogurt cheese
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Finely-chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Chill if possible for about an hour to let flavors blend. Serve at room temperature with pita bread or pita crisps (baguette slices in lieu of pita)

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

Naturally grown Sinfully Sweet Campari® Tomatoes

campari-stuffed greek salad
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Toss together diced cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, kalamata olives, parsley, and some feta cheese.
  2. Add about 2 tbsp of dressing.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Stuff campari tomatoes with mixture and top with remaining feta cheese.
  5. Finish by drizzling with remaining dressing.

dressing
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients.

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes
bucatini amatriciana
 
Ingredients
  • 180g Dei Campi Bucatini (cooked)
  • 2 oz Alfredo Cetrone Intenso Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Guanciale, chopped (could substitute pancetta)
  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 tbspVillage Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz Sicilian pachino cherry tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles in salted boiling water for approximately 9 minutes, or until al dente, reserve noodles to add to finished sauce.
  2. In a preheated pan, add olive oil and bring to medium-high heat; add chopped guanciale, render at medium heat until slightly crisp. Add chili flakes, parsley and garlic, maintaining a medium heat, cook out for approximately another minute. Increase temperature, and add chopped fresh mini san marzano tomatoes – cook out for a few more minutes. Finish with pachino tomato sauce, add pasta, Pecorino and salt to taste.

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delectable TOV® – Recipe

Delectable tomatoes on the vine
bloody mary gazpacho with grilled prawns
Yields: 24 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Lightly roast bell peppers, celery, and garlic in a 375°F oven.
  2. Place in a blender with washed tomatoes on the vine (vine removed), cucumber, olive oil, and onion, then blend until smooth. Add cilantro and parsley; blend again.
  3. Add red wine vinegar, celery salt, sea salt, horseradish, and Worcestershire; chill and then serve as cold as possible.
  4. Lightly season fresh local raw prawns with olive oil, lemon zest, and salt and pepper.
  5. Grill to medium-rare.
  6. Serve alongside chilled gazpacho.

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savory roma® – Recipes

Roma® tomatoes
minted tomato, basil and artichoke bruschetta
Yields: 24 bruschetta
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms savory roma® tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ½ lb Artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup White wine vinegar
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • 2 Large baguette
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Slice the baguettes in cross sections ½ inch thick; lay out on a baking tray and drizzle liberally with the ¼ cup olive oil. Bake in a 350°F oven until just golden and crisp on the exterior, but retaining a soft core.
  2. Toss the chopped roma tomatoes and the artichokes with olive oil and vinegar. Make sure to save any juice from chopping roma tomatoes and add back into mix. Add the fresh herbs, then season with salt and pepper to taste then spoon mixture onto the crostini. It is important not to dress crostini too far ahead otherwise they will lose crisp texture due to moisture being absorbed.