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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 12 February 2009 by

Experiments in Social Networking : Tomato Haiku

haikuBy Vanessa Richins

I love Twitter!

It’s a microblogging website where you can connect with people around the world.

I use it to post links to articles I write and talk to other gardeners. You can find me here.

Tonight I had an experiment pop into my head. If I asked people on Twitter to write haiku about tomatoes, would they do it? If you don’t know, haiku is a Japanese three line poem with exactly seventeen syllables. The first line contains five syllables, the second has seven, and the third has five again.

It worked! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23 May 2008 by

Tomato Haiku

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By Kira Hamman

Beautiful red globe
Tantalizing in the sun
I will eat you up

Oh, hornworm, be gone!
Every year you break my heart
You are not my friend

Sweet and juicy fruit
Juice drips freely down my chin
Is that a fruitworm?

Tomatoes are yum!
Reluctant offspring, you are
No child of mine

Welcome, tomato
Into my summer garden
Would you like a drink?

Posted on 12 January 2008 by

How to Dig a Tomato Garden

Soil Sampler: Feed Your Tomatoes Well - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

One day in early spring, an 80-year-old man decided that it was time to plant his tomatoes as he had done every year for 60 years.

When he got out the shovel to dig the garden, though, he realized that he’d never be able to do all the work himself.

Unfortunately the only person who could help him was his son Vincent who was in prison. Not knowing what else to do, the man wrote to his son:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If only you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.
Love Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 06 December 2007 by

Pablo Neruda\’s “Ode to Tomatoes”


Pablo Neruda's “Ode to Tomatoes”

By Michelle Fabio

For the past few months, I’ve been a proud contributor to Tomato Casual, trying my darnedest to show just how much I adore what we in Italy call “il pomodoro.”

But months of work don’t even come close to what one of my favorite poets has to say about this “star of earth.”

Here is “Ode to Tomatoes” by Pablo Neruda, as translated by Margaret Sayers Peden
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Posted on 12 August 2007 by

Literary Tomato – A Poem: On The Vine

Literary Tomato - A Poem: On The Vine - TomatoCasual.comBy Tomato Queen

I don’t know why the tomato bonded
Us, this pulpy, too-brief treat
We dreamt them up on subzero days, poring
Over seed catalogs like porn, luscious red orbs of August
Grew them from seed, peeking for sprouts
Who only needed dirt, water, sun
For leggy stems to climb
We left room for roots, always

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