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Posted on 18 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com

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 bookfool.com for all the details):

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Posted on 25 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Rockefeller Institute Tomato Workshop in Arkansas

By Michelle Fabio

On Saturday, June 28, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute of the University of Arkansas will hold “From the Seed to the Plate,” a tomato workshop open to the public.

As part of the “Cultivate Your Wild Side” series of environmentally-focused workshops, the tomato day’s activities will include tasting ($5 entrance fee), cooking ($25), and learning to grow tomatoes ($15); all of the fun will take place in the Institute’s vegetable garden, which features 20 different types of tomatoes including the renowned heirloom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 October 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Aroma, Flavor, Texture: Tomato Tastings

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Aroma, Flavor, Texture: Tomato Tastings

By Tomato Queen

Not surprisingly, food scientists are starting to give tomato varieties–and especially unique heirlooms–a second glance. Or should I say, smell and taste.

According to The Sacramento Bee, food scientist Anne Noble, creator of the copyrighted Wine Aroma Wheel, first led 100 people in a wine-style “sensory analysis” of heirloom tomatoes in July of last year (reviewed in the New York Times).

A sequel held in August sold out two weeks in advance. Noble in particular explores varieties of heirlooms grown in Yolo County in Napa Valley
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Posted on 25 September 2007 by tomatocasual.com

22nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop

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By Michelle Fabio

22nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop

Photo Credit: Geisterflecken auf Tomate by das_butzele used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you’re a serious tomato grower and you want to be on the cutting edge of what’s going on in disease prevention and containment, you should make your reservations to attend the 22nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop in Williamsburg, Virginia to be held October 24-26, 2007.

Held in connection with Virginia Tech University, this workshop is the only of its kind to focus specifically on “on presenting up to date information on currently critical tomato disease problems.”
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