The final weeks of summer can be bittersweet. While we prepare for the changing leaves, tomatoes—one of our favorite things to eat this time of year—are at their full peak.

You reap the benefits in the blustery winter months when you take a late August or early September day to capture the tomato's late-summer flavor. You'll thank us in the weeks and months ahead, whether you're crushing preserved San Marzano tomatoes with yours hands before they're added to a pot of slow-cooked beans with a pinch of red pepper flakes, or making a sauce out of preserved fleshy Early Girls with softened onions and garlic.