Heirloom Holiday

Want to squeeze a nice pair of big, juicy tomatoes? Well, now’s your chance, as the bursting-ripe orbs are starring in last gasp of summer’s sweetness before the squash and apples start muscling in. China Daily is running fabulous red-on-red shots of La Tomatina, the tomato-hurling Spanish festival that left the streets of Buñol awash in human gazpacho on Wednesday.

Rather eat ‘em than wear ‘em? Gothamist and The Food Section get right to the plate, praising the delights of, respectively, the the heirloom-’mater salad at Blue Ribbon Brooklyn and a DIY tumble of tomatoes, watermelon, and feta, inspired by a similar dish on the menu at The Hungry Cat in Los Angeles.

Ready to get a little dirty? Head up to Stone Barns’ upcoming tomato fest in the Hudson Valley, or get on down to Mariquita Farms’ organic tomato u-pick and potluck in sunny Cali. Or just pick up some drippy-fresh mozzarella, a handful of basil, and a heap of local beauties, and have yourself a big ol’ Caprese party in your lap.