Category Archives: Tomato Tasting

End of Summer Seed Exchange!

Thank you all for coming to our semi annual Seed Exchange.  We had ample tomatoes to taste, with some varieties repeated from different growers – interesting to see how location makes a difference.  It’s all in your soil!  (And I need to work on improving mine. 😉  Here are a few of the tomato varieties we sampled:

And more varieties:


The Indigo Apple had actually an interesting flavour.  I would not choose it if I had a limited space, but it’s certainly interesting enough to grow as a display and curiosity item.  You can see hints of blueberry blue on its skin in the photo above.

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While most of us carefully save seeds in separate containers, label them and let them ferment a little, others like to be surprised with what they grow.  It makes for an interesting art piece.  😉

We swapped some seeds and I’ll be curious to try new variety of carrots.  If you like what you see, come and join us next time around – in February 2017!

Come to End of Summer Seed Exchange!

It may be a little late for starting your Winter garden at the end of August but the climate here is so forgiving, we should be still all right.  We are going to have our semi annual Seed Exchange on the 27th of August, from 2 till 4pm at the usual Cannery Park in Sunnyvale.  Please come along and share your seeds or starts, or edible weeds, as may be!  I’m eating a lot of Purslane this year, as it is popping everywhere in my backyard.  Let’s see what other people grew this Summer and what they are planting for winter; let’s learn from each other.

This year has proven to be pretty good for tomatoes so far and hopefully it will hold true till the end of August.  We should have a nice heirloom tomato sampling at the exchange, so please bring a few of your favourite varieties for tasting or anything that did well in your garden.  Sharing is the theme!  I will have the usual lemonade and simple munchies.

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TomatoBash 2011



  Chef Jef Piazzon and Gary Stockdale.


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!


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.