On Sunday August 20th we held the 4th Annual Tomato Tasting at the Tiny Diner with Seed Sages. Given the cool temperatures, we were a bit wary that the tomatoes would not be ready or that the day would be too cold to enjoy. But the sun came out and wonderful farmers donated 25 varieties of tomatoes to make a tasty, colorful and fun event.
Participants sampled small bites of the 25 varieties while listening to music provided by Heart of a Tin Man. Tomatoes entered in this event were donated by Fresh Earth Farms, Java Cycle, Open Arms Farms, Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme, Hungry Turtle Farm, and Seed Sages. By the end of 2 hours, over 100+ people sampled tomatoes, voted, and donated money to provide a stipend to a seed-growing farmer next season.
The winning tomato was Be My Baby from David Arnold of Hungry Turtle Farm (Amery, WI). A close 2nd Place was the Hungarian Heart from Earth Fresh Farms (Chris James and Rebecca, Hastings, MN). 3rd Place was a tie between Esterina Cherry by Open Arms Farms (St.Paul, MN) and our very own Sungold by Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme, Tony Root (City of Ramsey, MN).