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Posted on 18 September 2009 by

Throwing Tomatoes for Charity

tomato-fightBy Vanessa Richins

I’ve sometimes cringed a little when I hear about the big tomato fight events, like La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain.

I know it’s tradition and people enjoy it thoroughly, but I also think about how many people those tomatoes could feed.

I was at least a bit happier when I learned about a recent such event in Reno, Nevada.

They wanted to recreate the famous Spanish tomato fight in their own city, with a twist.

Participants paid $10 on August 29th, 2009 to join in the tomato chucking fun. If they wanted to aim their weapons at the mayors of Reno or Sparks, they paid $50. All money went to the American Cancer Society.

Forty thousand pounds of tomatoes were donated by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 July 2009 by

Hot Tomato Haiku Contest

tomato-arts-fest1By Vanessa Richins

I’ve written before about the wonderful Tomato Art Fest in Nashville, Tennessee.

For the 2nd time, they’re holding a tomato haiku contest.

Get your thinking caps on and get ready to enter!

As a reminder, a haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is comprised of 3 lines (though sometimes less) and 17 syllables. Many use the form 5-7-5, where the first and third lines have 5 syllables, and the 2nd has 7 syllables.

Basic Rules (see for all the details):

Posted on 23 May 2009 by

TomatoFare 2009

seattleBy Vanessa Richins

September is a great time to visit Washington state.

That’s when Martin and Jennifer Ringhofer host TomatoFare.

The event was started as a way to revive tourism in the Soap Lake area.

Martin Ringhofer had started growing heirloom tomatoes after a serious illness. He felt that promoting the heirloom tomato would be a good way to leave his mark on the world.

As the website tells the story, “To further that goal, Ringhofer offered 900 free diverse heirloom tomato plants to gardeners in and around Soap Lake. His experience is that with proper fertilizer and water in the hot, arid environment around the lake, 36 plants can produce about 1,200 pounds of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23 April 2009 by

Tomatomania Is Back!

tomatomaniaBy Michelle Fabio.

It’s that time of year again — time for Tomatomania, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, which began in Encinitas, California, on March 21-22.

Tomatomania is the brainchild of Scott Daigre, who continually aims to have new and exciting tomato seed varieties available every year. Stops on the Tomatomania tour include Encino, Fillmore, Sonoma, Beverly Hills, and Arcadia in California as well as East Coast stops in Litchfield, Connecticut and Lothian, Maryland in mid-May.

If you can’t make it to any of the Tomatomania sites, though, we have great news: Tomatomania delivers!

Together with White Flower Farm, Tomatmania offers the chance to buy 145 different plants from “hybrid beefsteaks to the rarest heirlooms” that were grown from seed at the nursery. They promise to deliver high-quality plants to your door just in time for planting in your area.

So, do you have Tomatomania yet?

Posted on 26 February 2009 by

Tomato Recipe Contest at White Flower Farms

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed With Cream Cheese and Bacon - TomatoCasual.comBy 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 Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 28 September 2008 by

The Tomato: A Uniter, Not a Divider

By Kira Hamman

We’ve mentioned the East Nashville Tomato Art Fest here before.

The celebration, held each August in East Nashville, Tennessee, touts the power of the tomato to bridge differences, a power organizers say it owes to its own blurry fruit/vegetable identity.

See the festivities for yourself: Read the rest of this entry »

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