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Posted on 24 September 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Florida Tomato Growers to Hold Contest and Tour

By Vanessa Richins

The Salmonella scare certainly hurt the tomato industry a lot as consumer trust fell and many places stopped carrying tomatoes.

The FDA ultimately discovered that other sources were really responsible for the Salmonella infections.

Now the growers are trying to win back customers and bring the tomato back to the level of popularity it used to enjoy.

The Florida Tomato Committee will be bringing the Florida Tomato Culinary Art Tour to 15 different cities throughout the Eastern United States. These cities are : Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 02 August 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Northern California Tomato Tasting and Tomato Forum

By Michelle Fabio

Normally when I find something interesting and tomato-related on the Internet, I try my best to sum it up for you and then give you a link for more information.

Well this time, I’m going to keep the summary short because you really need to get over to House of Annie and read the post entitled FREE Northern California Tasting Event.

The tomato love truly flows over in the words describing the Berkeley Tie Dye, Beauty King, Pork Chop, and Furry Red Boar varieties of tomatoes developed and grown by Brad, the owner of Wild Boar Farms in Suisun Valley.

According to its website, Wild Boar Farms uses Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 08 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

2008 Tomato Art Fest

By Vanessa Richins

We celebrate tomatoes every day here on Tomato Casual, but it gets even better when there are events dedicated solely to the tomato.

Case in point: the 2008 Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville, Tennessee is slated for August 9th. The tomato is actually the state fruit of Tennessee as of 2003, which is also when this festival was started.

What can you expect to find at the festival? As I noted in an earlier blog about tomatoes in music, a whole CD was created by local East Nashville musicians in 2007. With songs like “The Day My Tomatoes Died” and “Ripe & Ready”, we can only hope that there will be a new crop of tomato songs produced this year.

if you are an artist, you could consider creating Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in California

By Michelle Fabio

News of another tomato event has reached us here at Tomato Casual: the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in Fulton, California benefiting the School Garden Network of Sonoma County.

At the festival you can check out over 170 varieties of heirloom tomatoes picked from the Culinary Gardens at Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates.

Other features of the festival include:

- Food of gourmet food purveyors
- Bruschetta Boulevard
- Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef’s Challenge
- Wine education seminars Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 12 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Workshop in Alabama

AlabamaBy Michelle Fabio

On Thursday, April 24, tomato lovers will be converging on Andalusia, Alabama for a backyard tomato production workshop.

Topics covered will include soil and site preparation, transplanting, staking and caging, varieties of tomatoes, food safety, and preparation.

Stan Windham, Coffee County Extension Coordinator, said that the workshop was organized to help answer the many questions that have been coming in to his office about tomato growing.

“We always have phone calls from the public wanting Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 02 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomatomania Hits Southern California

seedlingBy 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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