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9th Annual Tomato Tasting and 1st Annual Slow Food KC BLT Challenge

We’ve been working hard the past  few months to get this year’s tasting and the new BLT Challenge sorted out, but I think we’re ready to roll now!

The tasting will be the same as always, at the Local Pig on August 5th at 9 a.m.  The event will be free, family friendly and open to the public.  All we ask is that you bring a tomato themed dish to share, labeled ripe tomatoes from your garden, or other side dishes you think folks would enjoy.

Last year we had over 200 attendees and a lot of tomatoes to taste!  We hope to fill the East Bottoms with tomato lovers on the first Saturday morning in August!

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After the family friendly tomato tasting is over, we’ll have our first BLT Challenge!  This will be a Slow Food KC event and will be a fundraiser for Slow Food KC and the Veterans Community Project with proceeds going to help build and maintain therapy gardens for homeless veterans.

This event is open to adults and there is a $5 donation to submit your BLT to be judged.  There will be trophies for the top scoring varieties and each competitor will be entered into a  drawing for some fantastic prizes!

Judging will be for adults only as well and will require a $25 donation.  You may enter the competition and judge the competition as well.

100% of all donations will go to Slow Food KC and the Veterans Community Project to build and maintain therapy gardens for homeless veterans.

Details about entering as a competitor and/or a judge can be found by clicking here:

2017 BLT Challenge Official Rules and Information.

 

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I was featured in a KC Star article yesterday…very exciting!!!

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Revised Tomato and Pepper List

I sorted through my plants and have revised the list to reflect what I have in stock.  I have only a couple of some varieties, plenty of others….still a good selection.  Plants are still small, but growing well and waiting for some warm, sunny weather (aren’t we all!?!?)

It’s looking like this weekend and next week will be time to plant…the ground is soggy from all the rain, so make sure your soil dries out a bit before working in it.

I’ll be open this Saturday from 8-noon.  I can also be available some evenings by appointment…just let me know.  215 East 97th Street, KCMO.

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2017 Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Herb List

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Well that magical moment you’ve all been waiting for since the first frost of fall last year has finally arrived…THE LIST!!!

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I have taken the time to do some categorizing and hyperlinking of almost all of the varieties, so please click on them and learn about each type as you make your selections this year.  Bring your own printed list and containers to take your plants home in and receive a free plant of your choice!

Remember that I am no longer taking pre-orders as it takes up a lot of time that I no longer have.

Plants will be on a first come, first served basis starting April 16th.  The plants may be a bit small then, but will be full sized by the first week of May when they are ready to plant in your gardens.

Sale dates will be as follows at my home (215 East 97th Street, KCMO)

Sunday, April 16 — 7 a.m. to Noon.

Saturday, April 22 — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 29 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 30 — 8 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, May 6 — 8 a.m. to noon

Weeknight evening sales after April 16th are possible as well, e-mail me to schedule a specific appointment time.

 

P.S.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5th for the 9th Annual Tomato Tasting!!!

 

 

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KCTTTT #8….The Ocho Was AWESOME!

We had the best weather we could ever hope for on the first Saturday of August in Kansas City!  Thanks to some awesome publicity in the Kansas City Star, we had a record turnout of over 200 tasters!  We had 58 varieties of tomatoes to taste and some wonderful dishes that people brought as well as delicious charcuterie and BLT’s from Local Pig and Pigwich.  We’re looking to make next year’s 9th annual tasting on August 5th, 2017 even bigger and better than the previous 8 combined…stay tuned for news!

I took a few pictures, but there are more on Facebook and on Tomatotown.org

We also did our totally unscientific, totally unofficial tomato tasting voting.  Keep in mind that there were limited quantities of many types and several varieties came in late after lots of people voted.  Despite all of that, Sungold rose to the top of the ranks as it is almost always in the top two or three of the lists!  Absinthe and Kiss the Sky were right on the heels of the champ though!

Sungold 27
Absinthe 26
Kiss the Sky 26
Brandywine Sudduth 24
Black Krim 21
Carbon 21
Mexico Midget 20
Cherry Bomb 15
Black Cherry Quartz 14
Stupice 12
Cherokee Purple 10
Sorollina Choice 10
Blush 9
KBX 9
Kosovo 9
Lucky Tiger 9
Paul Robeson 9
Three Way 9
White Tomesol 9
Brandywine Red 8
Abe Lincoln 7
Monkey Ass 7
Aunt Gertie’s Gold 6
Cherokee Gold 6
Chocolate Lightning 6
Juan Flamme 6
Black Apple 5
Lithuanian 5
Sunrise Bumblebee 5
Early Girl 4
Greek Dolmate 4
Hippie Zebra 4
Juliet Grape 4
Rutger’s 4
Celebrity 3
Kellogg’s breakfast 3
Kimberly 3
Nepal 3
Yoder German Yellow 3
12-HOL 2
Killer 2
Paul Romanesco 2
Black Brandywine 1
Bonnie Original 1
Cherokee Goddess 1
Early Girl Red 1
Indigo Cherry Drops 1
Speckled Roman 1

 

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KCTT Tomato Tasting #8 F.A.Q

The tomato varieties are the star of the show, but the awesome meats The Local Pig breaks out and the scrumptious dishes everyone bring to share are reason alone to spend your Saturday morning in the east bottoms with us!

Please review the F.A.Q.’s below to help make your trip to the 6th KCTTTT a memorable success for all of us!

  • Where and when is the KCTTTT?  The tasting is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 6th at the Local Pig (2618 Guinotte Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120)  Please click the link to get directions as it can be a bit difficult to find if you’re never been there before.
  • How much does it cost?  The KCTTTT has been and always will be a free event.
  • What should I bring?  Please bring labeled varieties of tomatoes if you can for people to enjoy.  We love tomato variety and want to have as many types of tomatoes to taste as possible!  Put your tomatoes in a brown paper lunch sack with the variety labeled on the sack.  Check them in with Jen at the registration table to get your tickets for the prize drawings.  Each variety you bring gets you one ticket for the drawing…bring as many varieties as you can for the best chances to win!

The big hit of every tomato tasting is the creative dishes people bring for others to sample.  Break out your favorite tomato dish  recipes and we look forward to devouring them!

Also,you might want to bring a lawn chair to sit in as seating will be very limited with the large crowd we are expecting.

  • I don’t have any tomatoes to bring this year, what else can I bring?  It’s ok if you don’t have tomatoes to bring, but we would appreciate it if you would bring along something to accompany the spread of food.  Fresh breads, cheeses, sweets, or anything else that you think people would enjoy will definitely be appreciated.
  • What else is there to do at the tomato tasting besides eat and eat and eat?  You will have the opportunity to vote for your 5 favorite tomato varieties, so be sure to bring a pen to write on your voting tickets.  If you’re a gardener, you might also want to bring a pad and paper to write down your favorite varieties so you can grow them in your garden in the future.  You will also be surrounded by like minded foodies and gardeners who are the friendliest people on the planet…I’m sure you’ll have plenty to talk about!  Also, make sure you make a trip inside The Local Pig to buy some of their fantastic sausages, bacon, steaks, and other amazing products!
  • How can I help with this event?  We are always looking for help setting up and taking down the event.  I will arrive around 7:30 in the morning to put down table cloths and start organizing the tables and tomatoes.  Jen will need one person to help with the registration.  Around 8:00 we’ll need a couple of people to help with slicing and labeling tomatoes to put on the tables.  If you would like to help out, please arrive early and we’ll put you to work!

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Too hot for tomatoes? Maybe…

This heat isn’t necessarily a good thing. This is our peak “fruit setting” time and we’re rarely in the mid to upper 90’s at this time of year. I’m a bit worried about the crop…this article explains it a bit more:

https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/weeklycropupdate/?p=4489

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