Though we haven't yet entered the peak of summer produce season, a certain vegetable (or fruit — but actually a seed) may start peeking its bright red bulb and pronounced corona around your friendly neighborhood farmers market. The Creole tomato — the vegetable of Louisiana (officially named in 2003) — is native only to the southeastern part of the state. Last year's feared salmonella outbreak didn't keep the little red guys from starring in their own June festival in the French Market, and the crops are looking good for their 2009 debut. The hefty fruit is best suited for a sandwich — on its own between two slices of bread. Find them on the West Bank this weekend.
The Gretna Farmers Market is at Huey P. Long Avenue between Third and Fourth streets in Gretna from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.