Tomato lovers look forward to Tomato Day at the peak of tomato harvest in Solano County, when Morningsun Herb Farm in Pleasants Valley sets out a grand table laden with dozens of varieties of the summer’s favorite food.
Last year’s annual Tomato Day was Sunday, September 10. Tomato tasting was the highlight of this event, where tasters are encouraged to vote on each of the tomatoes they sample, allowing Morningsun to calculate the overall favorites. The farm publishes detailed results along with descriptions of the top vote getters, allowing the farm and home gardeners to plan ahead for planting in coming seasons. View results from the 2016 tasting on Morningsunherbfarm.com at this link. Along with tomato tasting, visitors can watch cooking demonstrations, learn more about local resources, purchase fresh produce and unique items from the craft booths, and enjoy a stroll through the lovely garden of Vacaville’s Morningsun Herb Farm.
Usually held on the last Sunday in August, last year’s Tomato Day was moved to a later date to accommodate Mother Nature and the later start to the growing season. And as usual, visitors were welcomed to the Pleasants Valley Road herb farm with free parking and shuttle service from Soul Food Farm just down the road. To take part in the tomato tastings, visitors were asked to donate $5 each to benefit the Slow Food Solano’s School Garden Grant Program.
“Tomato Day donations plant the seeds for our county-wide school garden grant program,” said Slow Food Solano Chairwoman Cynthia Huddleston. “We love to see students back in the garden.”
The 2017 fund-raising effort once again received a boost from two major sponsors, E B Stone Organics of Suisun City and NorthBay Healthcare. Each offered to match any donations up to $250 each. Visitors donating to the sponsor table were entered into a drawing for one of several gift baskets of locally-source products.