Tomato Day at Morningsun Herb Farm Supports School Gardens

Colorful assortment of fresh organic whole and cut heirloom tomatoes sitting on wooden tableTomato lovers are looking forward to Tomato 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 Sunday, September 10, 11 am to 3:30 pm. Tomato tasting is 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 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, this year’s Tomato Day has been moved to a later date to accommodate Mother Nature and the later start to the growing season. And as usual, visitors are 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 are 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 is once again 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.

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