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Tomato Tasting 2010 – Tomato Town organically grows heirloom tomatoes in the greater Kansas City area as well as Johnson County, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam KS, Independence MO and Kansas City Missouri, KCMO. Varieties include: Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Stupice, Carbon, Black Krim, Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Absinthe and Aunt Ruby’s German Green.

Tomato Tasting 2010

The 2nd Annual Kansas City Tomato Times Tomato Tasting was a roaring success.  The August weather was certainly optimal, if you were a tomato.

With 69 varieties of tomatoes brought by area growers and breeders, it was difficult to know where to begin. Aunt Ruby’s German Green was a much-discussed variety.  While the green color gave people pause, the complex flavor soon won people over.

Tomato scientist Keith Mueller filled two tables with his varied tomato creations.  Farmer J admits that she is smitten with his black-skinned varieties.  Keith’s White Cherokee is a sublime tomato that matches good taste with lovely light-green flesh.

We are still waiting for Barracker’s Favorite here in Tomato Town, but after seeing the reds and yellows, we are looking forward the ripening of this variety.

Farmer T had a blast, and loved the chance to talk about gardening strategies with other passionate gardeners.

If you missed this year’s event, you have to attend next  year.  Farmer T enjoyed watching a few Tomato Tasting newbies walk around with toothpicks and exclaim over newly-found varieties that they will probably grow next year themselves. Backyard gardening is one antidote to all the bad news about the economy. Grow your own, or buy from someone who does!

Slicing

Slicing tomatoes in preparation for the festivities

The Sunrise colors of a Barracker's Favorite

The Sunrise colors of a Barracker's Favorite

Baracker's Favorite

The juicy Brandywine, Sudduth's Strain was a festival star

The crowds begin to gather to taste the tomato goodness!

 

The crowds begin to gather to taste the tomato goodness!
Keith Mueller's Tomato Creations

Keith Mueller's Tomato Creations

Keith Mueller's "P18-2" black-skinned variety

Keith Mueller's "P18-2" groovy black-skinned variety

2 Responses to “Tomato Tasting 2010”

  1. James says:

    Thanks for coming to the KCTTTT part deux! Excellent pictures as always! We’ll hold you to that pizza dinner later this summer/fall…we’ll bring beverages! 😉

  2. admin says:

    We had such a wonderful time! Can’t wait until next year!

    Let us know once you get into the teaching routine and we’ll have you both over!

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