Friday, August 15, 2008
One of the few hobbies I have is planting tomatoes every summer.
This year I planted grape, roma and Early Girl tomatoes.
They have come in nicely and I used some of the grape tomatoes this week to make homemade salsa.
But the tomatoes I harvest are strictly mainstream varieties, and there are many more interesting types of tomatoes out there, their genetic strains kept alive by a small band of dedicated hobbyists. Many of those rare and heirloom varieties will be available for tasting at the Keown Orchards Corn and Tomato Festival on August 30th & 31st in Sutton. It will be a great opportunity to get a taste of some of the foods that are no longer common in America since Big Agriculture took over, but which are making a comeback thanks to the terroir movement.