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Tomato Lovers Celebrate at Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Colorful assortment of fresh organic whole and cut heirloom tomatoes sitting on wooden tableTomato lovers are looking forward to a glorious August day when Morningsun Herb Farm in Pleasants Valley sets out a grand table laden with dozens of varieties of the summer’s favorite food.

This year’s annual Tomato Day is 11 am to 3:30 pm Sunday, August 21. Along with tomato tasting, visitors can watch cooking demonstrations, stroll through the fresh produce and craft booths and hang out in the lovely garden and fountain of Vacaville’s Morningsun Herb Farm.

Usually held on the last Sunday in August, this year’s Tomato Day is one week earlier. “We hope our regular Tomato Day folks recognize the earlier date,” said Morningsun Herb Farm’s Rose Loveall. And as usual, visitors are welcomed to the Pleasants Valley Road herb farm with free parking and shuttle service. To take part in the tomato tastings, visitors are asked to donate $5 each to benefit the Slow Food Solano’s School Garden Grant Program.

“Tomato Day donations plants the seeds for our county-wide school garden grant program. This year, we were able to fund 27 school garden projects on 26 elementary to high school campuses,” said Slow Food Solano Chairwoman Cynthia Huddleston. “We love to see students back in the garden.”

The 2016 fund-raising effort is getting a boost from two major sponsors, E B Stone Organics of Suisun City and NorthBay Healthcare. Each offers to match any donations up to $250 each. Visitors donating to the sponsor table will be entered in a drawing for one of several gift baskets of locally-source products.

When visitors arrive to taste tomatoes under shady trees amid flowering plants, they encounter the Slow Food Tent where volunteers collect donations and provide a map and schedule of events. The special matching donor table will be on display next to the Slow Food tent.

Sunday, August 21
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
In the shady gardens of Morningsun Herb Farm
6137 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville
$5 Donation per person to Slow Food Solano’s School Garden Grant Program

What you may enjoy with your $5 donation:

Taste more than 100 varieties of vine ripened heirloom tomatoes – and vote on your favorites!

Browse the local Artisan stands with unique local products

Picnic in the gardens

Shop the Herb Garden’s shop with your special discount

See Chef Cooking Demonstrations – and taste the results

This year’s chefs are:
Lindsey Gilpin of Backdoor Bistro
Annie Baker of Annie the Baker Cookie
Darren Porter and Elisabeth Sievers of Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co.

For more information about Morningsun Herb Farm visit

Napa Grass Farmer Hosts May Mixer

John and BuffaloNapa Grass Farmer welcomed Slow Food Solano to its Mankas Corner Road setting in Fairfield on Memorial Day weekend for our annual Spring Mixer with a Saturday potluck and a tour of its 150-acre regenerative farming operation.

In Slow Food, the talk tends to be center on good, clean fruits and vegetables grown locally. But Napa Grass Farmer is giving us a remarkable opportunity to examine the eggs and meat we eat and learn what standards we should aim for in what we chose to buy for morning scrambles, Saturday night barbecues, and chicken soup.

Loading the 30 mixer guests on his hay-bale-lined flatbed wagon, our co-host, John, informed us on the five standards to better tasting, healthier meat that is the bedrock of his farming operations and principals.

Our eyes were opened to what we all need to understand and integrate into our own food buying choices.

Taking notes during the tour was not easy with a wine glass in one hand. However, the website explains it all: going beyond organic to better tasting, nutritional superior meat by farming methods that are good for the land, good for animals and good for us.

Napa Grass Farmer meat, eggs, and other specialty foods are available only through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) monthly box. Through its website, the customer can customize an order to fit one’s needs. Orders are picked up at the farm at the end of the month.

Slow Food Solano thanks John and Gabby, partners in this remarkable farm, for hosting us. We encourage everyone to study what they do at Napa Grass Farmer as well as sample their amazing products.

– Cynthia Huddleston
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