Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tomato Taste Results: Red, Sweet Cherry Types Triumph

We had almost 200 people come to last Saturday's Washington Gardener Magazine 11th Annual Tomato Taste at the FreshFarm Silver Spring Market today. Here are the results of the ballots submitted.
  1. Super Sweet 100 from The Farm at Our House 
  2. Red Grape from Spiral Path Farm 
  3. Sun Sugar from Mock's Greenhouse
  4. Evergreen from Chicano Sol
  5. Damsel from Crooked Fence Farm
  6. Red Boar from Crooked Fence Farm
  7. Midnight Snack from Mock's Greenhouse
  8. Kakao from Crooked Fence Farm
  9. Jaune Flamme from Three Springs Fruit Farm
  10. Rutger from The Farm at Our House
Only a few votes separated our top two winners. Last year  'Black Cherry',  'Cherokee Purple', and 'Red Grape' were the crowd favorites

Do take a minute to click on the photo link here to view the Facebook album of photos from the event. I think you will agree that the market tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous and very photogenic.

In addition to the tasting, many people stopped by to create colorful tomato art and to pick up the free tomato seeds, growing tips, and recipes that we gave out.

Kendall Wienecke of Washington, DC, (pictured here) won the prize drawing of a gift bag full of gardening tools, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, natural insect repellent, and market money! 

Most of the taste attendees were local, though we also had many who came quite a distance. About half live in Silver Spring. Another third live close by in Washington, DC or the neighboring towns of Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, and Wheaton. From farther away in Maryland, folks came from Rockville, Reisterstown, College Park, Columbia, Davidsonville, and Greenbelt.  From out of the area, we even had a few votes from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts!

Thank you to all who came and participated. Thanks to the farmers for growing great tomatoes and to FreshFarm Markets staff for hosting us. Special thanks also to our incoming Fall 2018 semester intern Ashley O'Connor for helping with all the tomato sample cutting and helping greet all the tasters in the short two-hour event!

1 comment:

  1. Awe, too bad i didn't live in the united states would of loved to taste some of your tomatoes or even bought some to make juice with it. My mother, got into gardening this summer in 2018 and she planted some tomatoes and they turned out pretty nice and she even used them when she cooked.


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