By Vanessa Richins
White Flower Farms is well known for its perennial plants.
However, this year they are focusing more on edible plants.
In the starring role — tomatoes.
The Great Tomato Celebration of 2009 will return this year, with the addition of a recipe contest.
As an article in the Hartford Courant explains, “Why the emphasis on tomatoes?
Barbara Pierson, the farm’s nursery manager and spokeswoman, says it’s less about the economy than a shift in interest.
“People are interested in grow-your-own; people are interested in organics; people are interested in easy,” Pierson says. “Certainly in this economy it’s a great way to start in the world of gardening. We try to make it simple for people to get into it and have elegant results.”
If you would like to submit a recipe, you have until March 15, 2009. It should be an original recipe for an appetizer, salad, soup, sandwich, main dish or dessert. You will need to use fresh tomatoes somewhere in the recipe. You’ll also need to write 25-100 words on why your recipe tastes so good.
The contest will be judged by Christopher Kimball, the man behind Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines. You can also see him on the America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen shows.
One grand prize and two runner-up prizes will be awarded.
Grand Prize — Awarded for Summer 2009:
-Trip with airfare, hotel, and tour of the White Flower Farm grounds
-$250 gift certificate to White Flower Farm.
-A copy of The Cook’s Country Cookbook, The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook and two other cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen.
Prize for each Runner-up:
-$100 gift certificate to White Flower Farm.
-Three cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen.
-Heirloom tomato plant collection (6 plants, shipping included) from White Flower Farm.
Good luck and as always, let us know if you enter!