Pick up know-how for tackling diseases, pests and weeds.
Farm bill, farm marketing, agribusiness webinars, & farm policy.
Find tactics for healthy livestock and sound forages.
Scheduling and methods of irrigation.
Explore our Extension locations around the state.
Commercial row crop production in Arkansas.
Agriculture weed management resources.
Use virtual and real tools to improve critical calculations for farms and ranches.
Learn to ID forages and more.
Explore our research locations around the state.
Get the latest research results from our county agents.
Our programs include aquaculture, diagnostics, and energy conservation.
Keep our food, fiber and fuel supplies safe from disaster.
Private, Commercial & Non-commercial training and education.
Specialty crops including turfgrass, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals.
Find educational resources and get youth engaged in agriculture.
Gaining garden smarts and sharing skills.
Timely tips for the Arkansas home gardener.
Creating beauty in and around the home.
Maintenance calendar, and best practices.
Coaxing the best produce from asparagus to zucchini.
What’s wrong with my plants? The clinic can help.
Featured trees, vines, shrubs and flowers.
Ask our experts plant, animal, or insect questions.
Enjoying the sweet fruits of your labor.
Herbs, native plants, & reference desk QA.
Growing together from youth to maturity.
Crapemyrtles, hydrangeas, hort glossary, and weed ID databases.
Get beekeeping, honey production, and class information.
Grow a pollinator-friendly garden.
Schedule these timely events on your gardening calendar.
Equipping individuals to lead organizations, communities, and regions.
Guiding communities and regions toward vibrant and sustainable futures.
Guiding entrepreneurs from concept to profit.
Position your business to compete for government contracts.
Find trends, opportunities and impacts.
Providing unbiased information to enable educated votes on critical issues.
Increase your knowledge of public issues & get involved.
Research-based connection to government and policy issues.
Support Arkansas local food initiatives.
Read about our efforts.
Preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Licensing for forestry and wildlife professionals.
Preserving water quality and quantity.
Cleaner air for healthier living.
Firewood & bioenergy resources.
Managing a complex forest ecosystem.
Read about nature across Arkansas and the U.S.
Learn to manage wildlife on your land.
Soil quality and its use here in Arkansas.
Learn to ID unwanted plant and animal visitors.
Timely updates from our specialists.
Eating right and staying healthy.
Ensuring safe meals.
Take charge of your well-being.
Cooking with Arkansas foods.
Making the most of your money.
Making sound choices for families and ourselves.
Nurturing our future.
Get tips for food, fitness, finance, and more!
Understanding aging and its effects.
Giving back to the community.
Managing safely when disaster strikes.
Listen to our latest episode!
TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Tomatoes are a bumper crop this year. Visit the farmers market and you will see tables
full of those bright red jewels of summertime. Imagine slicing one up and putting
it on a sandwich. Or you might just wash and eat; this is my personal favorite way
to eat them.
Honestly, how many of you have been craving a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich after
seeing all the bright red tomatoes? I know I have. What would our summer meals be
like without them? There is no comparison between a store bought tomato and one that
is fresh from the garden.
Tomatoes make our foods taste better, add color and texture to our meals, and are
an added health benefit. They consist of a large number of antioxidants which fight
different forms of cancer. The rich source of vitamins and minerals provide a protective
effect against cardiovascular diseases, as well as improves eye health, prevents hypertension
and urinary tract infections.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant highly effective in scavenging cancer-causing
free radicals. This benefit extends even to the heat-processed products, which include
The lycopene in tomato prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting protective effect
against cardiovascular diseases. Regular consumption of tomato has shown to decrease
levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key
culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to the deposit of fats in the blood vessels.
One single tomato can provide about 40 percent of the daily vitamin C requirement
and a medium size has only 24 calories. They are high in potassium and other antioxidants
and low in sodium, fat and calories.
To get all that goodness, choose tomatoes that are plump and heavy, with smooth skins.
Skip those with bruises, blemishes or deep cracks. Depending upon the variety, ripe
tomatoes are completely red or reddish orange to completely orange and give slightly
to gentle palm pressure.
Do not refrigerate your tomatoes until they are ripe and mature. If they are still
unripe or partially ripe, store them at a cool room temperature in a light-but not-sunny-area.
They should not be refrigerated until they are mature. When they reach your favorite
stage of ripeness, refrigerate them for no longer than 5 days. After that time, they
begin to lose both texture and flavor.
There are more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes to choose from, ranging from the small,
marble-size cherry tomato to the giant Ponderosa that can weigh three pounds. This
year I planted a purple cherry tomato that is doing quite well. The difference in
the varieties determines their use.
Cherry, globe, and grape are wonderful in salads or eaten just out of hand. While
the larger, Better Boy and Beef Steak tomatoes are most often used for sandwiches.
If you are making salsa, plum and pear shaped varieties, such as Roma are the best
choice due to their meatiness. The orange tomato is said to be lower in acid.
Contact us at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Miller County Extension
office in the courthouse, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-779-3609. You
can also get great tips on facebook at UAEXMillerCountyFCS/CarlaHaleyHadley, twitter
at @MillerCountyFCS and Instagram millercountyfcs_carlahadley.
Get your free copy of Enjoy Arkansas’ Fresh Tomatoes which contains nutritional information as well as recipes. We also have free publications
on preservation of tomatoes. This is one of my favorite summertime recipes. It is
easy and so good.
Place tomatoes in a shallow dish, or zip top baggie. In a separate bowl, combine green
onion, thyme, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over tomatoes. Combine
oil and vinegar in shaker; blend well. Pour over tomatoes, cover and refrigerate at
least 2 hours. Spoon marinade over tomatoes from time to time.
Serves: 10 people, approximately 4 slices each
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours includes standing time
By Carla DueCounty Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 email@example.com