Our first Tomato Bash was a blast!

TomatoBash, an organic, heirloom tomato tasting event, took place on the 26th of September 2009.

We had over 40 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes, different heirloom ketchups (and their maker on site), gourmet vinegars and oils from Hare Hollow, home made heirloom tomato sauce, and some exotic and delicious flavoured ice creams that were an instant hit with the crowd in that last, hot weekend of 2009 (e.g. tomato/watermelon/mint flavor). To acompany tasting efforts, our guest Ethan was playing mellow, acoustic guitar music. Master Gardener, Marianne, won everybody’s praise for her delicious tomatoes and abundant gardening tips. Everyone seemed to have a really good, relaxed time sampling tomatoes and sipping wine under the ancient oak trees. It was so nice, I’ll be looking forward to organizing the event again next year!

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Heirloom tomatoes for tasting were provided by the following farms:

Heirloom tomatoes are “everything supermarket tomatoes wish they could be—juicy, intense, and full of flavor” according to Eric Rupert from Fine Cooking.  The variety in their color indicates the variety in their taste, from citrus undertones to hints of smoky flavors.  Heirlooms are also open pollinated, meaning seeds of the parent plants will produce new generations of the same plants.  Read more on why we are tasting Tomatoes.

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