Though they may look like baby, green tomatoes, tomatillos are actually a different species of fruit and have a distinctive flavor. Sometimes known as husk tomatoes, due to their outer leaves, once these leaves are removed and the tomatillos are rinsed of their sticky film, these lemony babies are ready for a myriad of culinary uses. Highlight their bright piquancy by serving them raw in a salsa or vinaigrette; or slice thinly and use them to balance the fat of a delicious ricotta toast. If you want a more mellow flavor, try grilling tomatillos whole before using them for sauces and sides; or sautée with onions and peppers for a new fajita base.
Stick and Stone Farm is located in the Town of Ulysses just north of Ithaca NY, where they raise 40 acres of certified organic vegetables each year while managing a total of 126 acres of land. Their fields are scattered about a 1 mile radius from their homesite in Ulysses. Stick and Stone always tries to have at least 50% of their land in cover crop or green manures in order to build soil fertility and reduce weeds in an all natural way, without the need for chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. They are slowly planting an orchard of apples, peaches, pears, cherries, nectarines, and plums, all organically grown. Starting as a small market garden in Newfield, NY in 1995, founder Chaw Chang soon expanded to wholesaling in 1998, and by 2003, moved to the present, larger location in the town of Ulysses. In 2005, Stick and Stone started the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA program along with their friends at Remembrance Farm and 3 Swallows Farm (now the Youth Farm), and are also founding members of the Healthy Food For All program, a program that helps fund CSA shares for lower income people near Ithaca.
Leave their husks on and store in a paper bag in the crisper drawer for up to two weeks.