This Tomato Tasting Goes to ELEVEN!

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We moved the tasting a few weeks to adjust for the crazy spring weather and we nearly hit the bull’s eye of peak tomato ripeness!  We had over 50 varieties represented at the lovely patio of the Local Pig’s new location in the City Market!  We didn’t vote this year, but I heard lots of comments about Purple Dog Creek, Black Cherry, Sunrise Bumblebee, and Carbon of course!  We had some great dishes at the potluck table including a delicious tomato tart, peach and tomato cobbler,  a roasted zucchini bread panzanella,  and a lovely tomato Salmorejo that was like drinking a garden!

 

At high noon we had the Third Annual Slow Food KC “BLT Challenge”!  First place winner was Katie Clausen, Second place went to Jennifer Nugent, and Third Place went to Ed Maurin. Congratulations to all the contestants!

Slow Food KC also held a raffle with prizes donated by so many awesome chefs and restaurants around KC!  Thank you so much for all the donations and to those that purchased tickets. We appreciate your donations!  Here’s the list of the raffle winners.

Two tickets to the October 7 Waldo Thai dinner:  Jeremiah F.

$50 Jasper’s Ristorante Gift Certificate:  Ed M.

Crane Brewing Gift Box:  Ed M.

Two Tickets to a Local Pig Butchering Class:  Beth S.

Omakase for Two at Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos:  Marianne V.

Dinner for Two at Freshwater:  Jim Y.

$50 Gift Certificate to Brookside Poulty Co. :  Julie D.

$50 Gift Certificate to Porto Do Dul:  Rachel E.

Jude’s Rum Cake Package:  Lindsay H.

Martin City Taproom Gift Certificate:  Julie D.

The Tasteful Olive Gift Bag:  Emily C.

Lunch for Two at Affare:  Kim L.

 

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The ELEVENTH Annual Tomato Tasting and much, much more!

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Well, needless to say this has been very different growing year!  With the heavy rains in May, the peak of tomato variety ripeness will be a bit later this year I think.  For this reason, we’re moving the date of the 11th Annual Tomato Tasting to Sunday, August 18th.  more details on that to follow.

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We’re going to start the KCTT Totally Tomato week off on Thursday, August 15th at Rose Hill Garden’s Courtyard event space.  This is located in Martin City and is a lovely venue for a very special night.  I am partnering with Cindy Reynolds of Somerset Ridge Winery and Chef Brett Atkinson of Indulge Catering to bring you a true tasting of summer with an Heirloom Tomato Experience!!!!  I’ll be doing an in-depth instruction and evaluation session with several varieties of tomatoes.  We’ll learn about each variety and sample them to learn about their unique colors, textures, and flavor profiles.  Chef Brett will be creating at least three tomato themed small plate dishes for you to sample and each one will be paired with wines from Somerset Ridge.  This special event will cost $50 per person and will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Seating is limited.  This is an adults only event.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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The following evening on August 16th, we’ll have our annual KCTT tomato dinner at Jasper’s Ristorante.  Chef Jasper Mirabile will astound our palates with a full course of tomato themed Italian dishes.  We’ve done this dinner for several years and he always delivers some creative, beautiful, and delicious cuisine!  The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Cost will be $45 for Slow Food KC members and $50 for non Slow Food KC members.  A portion of the proceeds will go toward’s Slow Food KC‘s efforts to promote local gardens, chefs, and other charitable groups that meet our mission.  Call 816-941-6600 to make reservations for this dinner.  Seating is limited.

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Sunday morning 9 a.m – 11 a.m., August 18th we’ll have our 11th Annual KCTT Tomato Tasting at The Local Pig.  The location has changed to the City Market and I think everyone is going to love the new space.  There is plenty of parking within a 2-3 minute walk.  The patio is large with plenty of seating, shade, and fans to keep us more comfortable.  This event is free of charge and family friendly!  Please, please, please bring any ripe tomato varieties you may have at the time to add to the diversity of the tasting table.   The very popular potluck table is only successful because of all of you that bring those tomato themed dishes for folks to share.  We welcome all comers to the tasting, but really love those that bring what they can to share with fellow tomato lovers! Recipe cards are always welcome if you can provide them.

 

 

At high noon on Sunday the 18th we’ll have our Third Annual Slow Food KC BLT Challenge!  This is a fundraiser for Slow Food KC and there are many ways to participate!  Click the following links for all the information!  2019 Slow Food KC’s BLT

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So much rain…this can cause problems

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This rain is just ridiculous.  Tomato plants like to be dry and  warm and they are not getting any of either for a while it seems.  This causes several problems, but you can help solve them a little and keep your plants healthy until the weather warms up and dries up.

Fungal problems like blight, septoria, and fusarium can kill plants quickly especially if the plants are fairly small.  you should prune any leaves that look like they are yellowing, spotted or turning brown.  This can help to keep things from spreading up the plant.  You will likely need to start some kind of fungicide schedule as well.  Spray your plants as soon as the rain stops and then re-apply after more rains.

Options for spraying run the gamut from organic to nuclear.  Liquid copper is the most commonly used organic spray.  Daconil is not organic, but is pretty mild and works well.  Mancozeb is a zinc based fungicide that works very well.  Make sure you follow the mixing and application directions for whatever product you decide to use.  Diligent spraying and pruning are essential to maintain plant health in this weather.

These heavy rains will likely wash a lot of nutrients out of your soil.  Hopefully you fertilized when you planted and that should help matters.  I would recommend fertilizing again very soon due to the heavy rains…especially if your are in containers.  Tomatotone is a great product and is organic, but a good 13-13-13 wouldn’t be a bad idea to replace what the rains have washed away.

Lets hope things dry out and warm up soon!

 

 

 

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Open sales are over, but plants still available

If you still need plants, need replacement plants, or know of charity gardens needing plants, please e-mail me at kctomatotimes@gmail.com to schedule a time to get those gardens filled!

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Soggy Soil…more sale dates

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Well this Spring is lovely for growing lettuces, radishes, spinach and the like, but they are calling for a wind chill in the 30’s with low temperatures in the low 40’s tomorrow morning….crazy!  The heavy rains have kept a lot of you out of the gardens and you are wise to stay out of the wet soil.  Working wet soil is a recipe for disaster.  The water logged soil will turn hard as concrete if you walk in it or dig it or try to till it.  Best to wait until things dry out a bit before planting.

Because of this, I am extending my plant sales for another week.  I’ll be open this Saturday from 8-noon and then again on the 18th from 8-noon.  I’ll be available most any time during next week also, just let me know if you want to stop by and we can work out a time to fit your schedule

I still have plenty of plants left and they are looking great!  Out of a few types, but a great selection still!  2019 Greenhouse Flyer Final

My address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO.

 

 

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Spring is here…or is it?

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Wow…what a crazy winter!  The past few days have been fabulous though and I’m sure everyone is itching to do some gardening.  My early season crops are growing slowly under their row covers and we’re anxiously awaiting the first salads of the year….soon!

On the tomato and pepper front…good news and bad news.  The good news is my tomato seedlings are all potted up and look fantastic!   I have a record number of varieties and they are all on pace to be super hardy and healthy for planting in early May.  The bad news is with the peppers this year.  I used a new seed starting mix this year and I believe it was infested with fungus gnat eggs.  I did all I could to fight them off in February and March, but they really weakened  a lot of pepper plants and killed quite a few of them.  I will have some pepper plants available, but not quite the selection and not quite the size that I hoped.

I’ve tweaked the list a little bit as I found some varieties of plants I missed initially.  Please use this copy of my list as a reference for your plants this year.

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Plant sales will be the following dates:

My home address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO

April 19:  5 p.m.to 7 p.m. (plants will likely be small on this date, but if you want some of the rare varieties this is your best date to shop.).

April 20: Not open for sales, but come to the Discovery Center and get some free native plants and trees!

April 21:  8 a.m. to Noon

April 25: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 26:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 27: 8 a.m. to Noon

May 3:  5 p.m to 7 p.m.

May 4:  8 a.m. to Noon

May 11:  8 a.m. to Noon

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2019 Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Herb List

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Well winter has to be over soon right?  This snow and ice and cold has been a pain, but spring and summer will get here before you know it!  I’ve been a bit crazy this winter and ordered a LOT of new varieties of tomato and pepper seeds!  This year I have a record 156 types of tomato seeds sown!  Have fun sorting through the list by clicking the link below.  The tomato and peppers are hyperlinked so click on them and learn about each type as you make your list.

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Plant sales will tentatively be the following dates:

My home address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO

April 19:  5 p.m.to 7 p.m. (plants will likely be small on this date, but if you want some of the rare varieties this is your best date to shop.).

April 20: Not open for sales, but come to the Discovery Center and get some free native plants and trees!

April 21:  8 a.m. to Noon

April 25: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 26:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 27: 8 a.m. to Noon

May 3:  5 p.m to 7 p.m.

Later dates may be announced

 

 

 

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