Did you know that 100 years ago, farming communities across the U.S. had over 400 distinct varieties of tomatoes to share and cook with? Due to homogenization of farming practices, mechanization and industrialization of our food systems, that number has dwindled down to less than 25. Would you like to do something about it? The first step you can take is to fall in love with flavor again, and garner energy to support gardeners and farmers who grow for nutrition and diversity (not just shelf life).

Whether you like tomatoes or not, our 5th Annual Tomato Tasting and Spice Challenge has something for everyone in the family. While there are other tomato tastings in the Twin Cities, our tasting is all about savoring flavor and instilling dedication to diverse foods. This event was created 5 years ago at the Tiny Diner to raise palette sensibilities and awareness about preserving agrobiodiversity from farm to plate.

BE THERE: Saturday September 15th from 12:30-2:30pm.

See our official event description below and help spread the word. 


TOMATO TIME! Would you like to revive your palette with distinct tomato flavors and other amazing tastes? Come on down to our Tomato Tasting and Spice Challenge. We will have taste-bud exploring challenge for you to earn a sweet prize. Plus everyone can vote on their favorite tomato and help local growers win too! Light refreshments and music provided.

FREE! RAIN OR SHINE Suggested donation: $5-10. Any donations will go towards production stipends for local crop heros (gardeners and farmers) that grow rare, delicious crops and seeds in 2019.

This event is co-hosted by Seed Sages, educational organization based in the Twin Cities. They  provide seed consultations, designs, trainings, and research for seed production. Their mission is to re-skill our garden and farm communities in the art of seed saving and breeding to strengthen the foundation of our local food systems: our seed systems.