It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Tomato Day was a delicious way to top off National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo.
The tomato taste-off was a popular place with four different tasty tomato varieties offered by vendors at the market.
Vendors filled their booths with colorful heirloom tomatoes in all shapes and sizes.
Even weird tomatoes had their moment in the spotlight on Tomato Day.
Tomato Day was a delicious way to top off National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo.Click To Enlarge

Tomato Day was a delicious way to top off National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Tomato Day at the Longmont Farmers Market helped usher in the best time of the gardening year – when ripe and juicy tomatoes are finally ready to enjoy.

The day was a delicious success that featured six farms selling over 30 different varieties of tomatoes. Some of the offerings included German green, Pineapple, Bumblebee, Sungold, Cherokee purple and San Marzano.

Four vendors entered their most flavorful tomatoes in the tomato taste-off. Everyone was encouraged to taste the tomatoes and vote for their favorite one, whether Black Krim, Taxi, Brandywine or Beefsteak. 

I was surprised at the sweet-tart flavor of the yellow Taxi, so that one gained my vote. I'm going to add it to my list for tomatoes to grow next season. 

In addition to the taste-off, there were plenty of activities for kids, and I saw quite a few temporary tomato tattoos on faces and arms throughout the market. A tomato salsa scavenger hunt encouraged kids to search the market for the ingredients to make a classic tomato salsa at home: 6 red ripe tomatoes, 1 red onion, 2 jalapeno peppers and 1 bunch of cilantro.

Besides the recipe for salsa, I picked up two other summery recipes for tomato risotto and tomato soup, both created by well-known chefs from local restaurants.

The vendors also put forward their best tomato dishes and items for sale in their individual booths. Shoppers snatched up a special tomato sauce with basil, loaves of focaccia baked with tomatoes, and special spice blends to sprinkle on top of sliced tomatoes.

Even though National Farmer's Market Week is over, there's still time to throw your own tomato fest featuring your homegrown tomatoes picked fresh from your garden.

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Comments (10)

AdamCox writes: Great festival in New York
Posted: 2:46 am on October 18th
robicook writes: OMG..I love Tomato Day
Posted: 11:47 pm on October 9th
SharonOrenstein writes: This is absolutely the most stylish
Posted: 4:06 am on October 3rd
ammyclark writes: Really Impressive celebration
Posted: 12:34 pm on September 28th
Robmethon writes: Impressive dude
Posted: 12:41 am on September 27th
ggghome writes: Nice!
Posted: 12:23 pm on September 2nd
Eorgeurton writes: I really inspired to read your article!
Posted: 2:09 am on August 30th
Carpetshome writes: I love it!
Posted: 10:18 am on August 25th
GM1973 writes: I see you are writing a lot about tomatoes lastly and I like it!
Posted: 10:49 am on August 23rd
JD1989 writes: I love tomatoes and everything connected with them!
Posted: 12:01 pm on August 21st
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