By Michelle Fabio
Tomatomania, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, kicked off the weekend of March 29-30 in Encinitas, California.
What started out as a once-a-year event 18 years ago has now stretched into a 6-week affair with stops in Encino, Sonoma, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, and even an East Coast trip to Litchfield, Connecticut.
This seedling-buying event has consistently offered tomato connoisseurs the cutting edge in available seedings from the Purple Cherokee to the Red Brandywine to the Black Krim. Hundreds of varieties are available each year, and the unique event is credited with starting many trends in tomato-growing throughout Southern California.
Tomatomania was founded by Scott Daigre, who strives to provide a great variety of seeds at the event each year.
“We’ve had some travails with the weather,” he said. “But for every tomato seedling we’ve lost, another equally interesting one takes its place.”
Have you ever been to Tomatomania?
What seedings would you like to see there?