Around Labor Day, there’s a hot pepper festival in a local town. Great event. Dozens of vendors serve various foods – jambalaya, habanero chocolate ice cream, steak on a stick – all of which have the heat jacked way up. A local farm has a great stand – they sell bushels of any kind of hot pepper you can imagine. We usually take a carriage ride to the farm – they have a “pick your own” area. A stand at the farm sells these wonderful heirloom tomatoes. Not too long after taking the reference shot for this painting, made a great tomato salad – extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, fresh basil, Vidalia onion – writing this is making me look forward to next year.