I know, I know – I’ve been off-line for a few days. My oldest daughter was here visiting from New Mexico and I spent all my time with her. Plus I have a couple of new books ………..
So, what exciting has been happening? HA! I live in Wharton, you know. We don’t have much “exciting” here. However, this past Thursday, I did attend an interesting ‘fest’.
Every year, the Wharton Garden Club, (of which I am a long-time member) has an annual Tomato Fest. It is the last meeting of the year and always in June. All members are invited to participate by bringing a selection of homegrown tomatoes in an effort of discover the Best Tasting Tomato and the Biggest Tomato in Wharton County.
Our master of ceremonies is another long-time member and he shares a few interesting and little-known tomato facts ---
A tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable. It’s a fruit because it has seeds inside. And, yes, that makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and pumpkins fruits also. Weird but true.
Tomatoes are not only red – they are also pink, orange, yellow, white, green and purple.
Then, he warms up the crowd with some tomato jokes ---
Q: What did the papa tomato say to the baby tomato?
A: “Hurry and ketchup!”
Q: Why did the tomato go out with a prune?
A: Because he couldn’t find a date.
And, lastly, he lays out the rules and parameters of the tasting ---
This is a blind taste test. Those participating in the tasting go around the table, eat one of the cut pieces and then rate it from one to 10. One is the very worst tomato you’ve ever had (tastes like paper) and 10 is the very best (mmm mmm good). The plates of cut up tomatoes are not identified by name or grower. No cheating here.
After everyone is full of tomatoes, he goes around and adds up the scores for each tomato, averages them and ultimately determines to best tasting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place tomatoes. This year the winners were all named Bob. Obviously, as one winner said, if you want to win, you need to be named “Bob”. And, in case you want to know what to plant for next year --- Sweet Chelsea won first, Black Cherry got second and Sugary Cherry, third.
Next comes the great weigh-off. While there were several entered in the Biggest contest, there were only three real contenders
And the winner
At a hefty 1 lb 15 oz
As with most of the meetings, people brought food and they brought tomato themed food. Like
Fried Green Tomatoes
It was a very enjoyable morning!