Everywhere you look, there are fresh tomatoes. Farmers markets, grocery stores, private road side stands and forget it if you have your own plants. The simple tomato sandwich with mayo, salt and pepper on white bread is something we can only dream of during the winter. However, when we get into the heart of the summer and we’ve eaten our weight in tomato sandwiches, it is time to try a few new recipes.Panzanella is a bread salad; Italians long ago combined stale bread with garden fresh vegetables to use up what was available and to also utilize bread that was slightly past fresh.Only use this recipe as a guide, add more tomatoes, use less peppers or supplement with another fresh vegetable that you have an overabundance of. You will quickly discover that you have your own version.If you don’t grow your own tomatoes and are looking for the freshest ones possible in our area visit a farmers market, or a store that purchases local produce like The Fresh Market. Looking to pick out your own? Visit Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc., 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, NC. Summer hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00-6:00, Closed Sunday. Call 704-636-4005 for more information or to schedule a tour.