Food & Drink

Coast Cooking: Triple Eaton Farms offers hydroponic produce

By JULIAN BRUNT

Special to the Sun Herald

Arthur Eaton, who attends regularly on Saturdays with his son Jacorian, also known as "CJ."
Arthur Eaton, who attends regularly on Saturdays with his son Jacorian, also known as "CJ."

A relatively new vendor who is starting to make a name for himself at the Ocean Springs Fresh Market is Arthur Eaton, who attends regularly on Saturdays with his son Jacorian, also known as "CJ."

Remember Ocean Springs Fresh Market, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is certified, so the vendors, who sell there, grow or make everything they sell.

Arthur owns Triple Eaton Farms, and grows all of his crops hydroponically. Without getting too technical, growing plants hydroponically means the plants do not grow in soil, but in a mineral solution or an inert medium like perlite.

Even at this time of year, Triple Eaton Farms has beautiful heirloom tomatoes that look and taste like they were grown in the full sun of summer. There also was some beautiful fresh kale from which to choose. Later in the year, look for cucumbers, squash, eggplant and other produce.

Drop by and see the Eatons and surprise your family and serve a Caprese Salad, something normally reserved for the summer time.

CAPRESE SALAD

1 pound thick sliced Triple Eaton Farms tomatoes

An equal number of thick slices of mozzarella cheese, best quality

Fresh basil leaves

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Layer the tomatoes, basil and cheese on a serving platter, drizzle on a plentiful amount of olive oil, and a few dribbles of balsamic. Serve just below room temperature.

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