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Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil! Oh, my!

There's great news in the the Produce Department. Organic fresh bunched basil from Buena Tierra Farm has arrived and it is amazingly incredibly wonderfully awesome! To keep it as fresh and fragrant as possible we keep the basil in enclosed room temperature containers for better basil hydration. Look for it near the tomato displays in Produce.

Even if basil isn't on your current shopping list, the next time you're in the Co-op, lift the lid on the Buena Tierra basil container and unleash an avalanche of deep rich basil aroma. It is the best. And I haven't even gotten to the actual eating of it yet. That's even better.

Wheatsville Produce Coordinator, Ralf Hernandez, takes a tour of Buena Tierra's battery powered tractor.

I am a huge fan of basil in general, but the Buena Tierra Basil is really extraordinary. Fresh, local and organic, it is lovingly hand bunched and ready to make you and your favorite basil recipe extremely happy. The classic combo of basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella is a personal favorite of mine. I love to make cute little appetizer stacks of tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a flavorful cold-pressed olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. If I'm wanting something more substantial, I'll go with a grilled caprese sandwich on a fabulous Wheatsville Bakehouse Baguette. I lightly chop the basil and add some fresh garlic, olive oil and sea salt then just layer in with tomato and mozzarella slices and into the grilling pan. Both of these quick recipes are super easy, super delicious and super snazzy.

Be sure to check out the Buena Tierra Basil next time you stop by for a visit. You and your stomach will be glad you did.

Buena Tierra Farms is owned and operated by Steve Kramer and Carey Burkett in Fredonia, TX.