Wrapping Up Our Growing Season

Well, it’s definitely come to an end.

Our Makaria Farm tomatoes that once looked like this…

Have all ripened and run their course. We just picked the last of them off the vine.

And all our basil that flourished and overflowed this pot…

Has called it a season.

So I thought I’d share one of our quick and easy recipes that was a favorite with these fresh ingredients.

Tomato and Basil Salad

Tossed Tomato & Basil Salad


2 or 3 ripe TomatoesΒ {Makaria Farm}

1/2 English Cucumber

Fist-full fresh Basil

1/3 cup Feta Cheese, or to taste

Balsamic Vinegar Sea Salt {Vancouver Island Salt Co.}

Fresh Ground Pepper

Drizzle Olive Oil to taste

Drizzle Blackberry Vinegar to taste {Shady Glen}

Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar to taste


  1. Slice cucumbers and layer in bottom of serving dish the size of a 9″ glass pie plate (should have about 2 layers)
  2. Sprinkle each layer with sea salt
  3. Slice tomatoes and layer on top of cucumbers
  4. Lightly dust with a little more salt and ground pepper
  5. Cube or crumble feta cheese, and sprinkle over tomatoes
  6. Drizzle olive oil over layers of tomatoes and cucumber
  7. Drizzle blackberry vinegar (I sometimes use raspberry vinegar instead), and a dash ofΒ balsamic vinegar over ingredients
  8. Top with fresh basil
  9. Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.


Is your garden finished for the season? What’s a favorite go-to dish for you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller

17 Replies to “Wrapping Up Our Growing Season”

  1. Thanks Sheila!! We have many Makaria Farms tomatoes awaiting their turn between cheese and bread!! πŸ˜‰

    Made a yummy spaghetti sauce with the soft tomatoes and the little cherry bombs as so delicious in my daily salads!!

    Your salad is a must try,


    1. Hi Leigh πŸ™‚
      How many plants did you put in this year? We put in 2 types of cherry tomatoes, and just one large heirloom tomato plant. Then we ran out of room, because we put them in pots on Kaleigh’s deck – this was our one spot that kept the deer out! How bad are the deer where you are?

  2. Oh yummy! But the cruel part is… most of us have to wait til summer to try it! LOL. We still have basil, and a few bell peppers, but the tomatoes called it quits 6 weeks ago. πŸ™

  3. Yummy Recipe – thank you Sheila – I love LOVE basil, so I can’t wait to give this a try. Our cherry tomatoes were pretty pathetic this year…we actually had a lot of tomatoes, but the stems looked horrible, we called it our Charlie Brown tomato plant πŸ™‚ But there is always next year! Have a great day!

    1. You are so right – there is always next year! But the good thing is you got tomatoes this year, in spite of the stems. By the end our stems were looking a lot worse for wear!

  4. Yup, all of the plants are going to sleep now. I think I know what I’m having with my dinner tonight …….. although because I didn’t grow my own veggies this year, I’m gonna have to go to the store. Bet that salad was delicious. Nothing tastes better than what you grow in your own garden. Perhaps I’ll start a patch next year.

    1. Thanks, Kelly! πŸ™‚ And I think those ingredients sound very delish for this dish! See how cooking (especially cooking, actually) fits with your post from today? It doesn’t take much to be inspired, and then put your own spin on it! Love it!!!

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