We tomatoes tend to hang together — and we’re having a big shindig just for you to judge which of us is the bestest of the best. Well, tastiest at least.
This isn’t a beauty contest. In fact, some of us are ill-shaped, odd colored or otherwise not ready for any beauty contest. We’re talking tasty — plain and simple.
So come check us out at the third-annual Tomato Gala, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 18 at the Community Education Garden, 1100 N. Western Ave., in Wenatchee, near the Springwater Street intersection. This is the demonstration garden where WSU Master Gardeners hang out and where we’ll be strutting our stuff.
The most tasty of us will be honored in a Wenatchee World results article following the event and featured in next April’s Master Gardener plant sale.
We’ll remind you why tomatoes like us are so popular — whether heirlooms, hybrids, petite cherry types or hearty pastes. Some of us are great slicers on a BLT, while others are salad divas or set for salsa time. Then there are those eager to be sauced or paired with pastas. There’s a place for us all, as we each have our own special characteristics.
At the Tomato Gala, you can go from one shaded canopy to the next, each offering bits of us for your individual taste-testing pleasure.
Last year, nearly 150 attended the free event, we’ve been told. Visitors make notes about which tomatoes they like as well as voting for the tastiest.
Heidi Desmarais, one of the event planners, offers some additional information: “Stop by the information booth at this year’s Tomato Gala. We’ll be offering a variety of tomato literature on topics ranging from exciting varieties, to frustrating pests and cultural controls. Bring your tomato questions, and even a sample of a plant if you just can’t figure out the problem. We’ll also have some of our Master Gardeners’ favorite items available for purchase, along with some free, delicious tomato recipes.”
Debra Benbow is making signs, ballots and other good things to help out you visitors, while the third person planning this event — the author we tomatoes pre-empted — tells about how great we are. For more information about the Tomato Gala, phone 667-6540 weekdays.
In addition to having a fun afternoon giving us tomatoes your undivided attention, stroll through the gardens for ideas on composting, growing vegetables, native plants, roses, shade plants, deer-resistant plants and more. Oh yes, and even check out that unusual straw bale garden.
A WSU Master Gardeners of Chelan County column appears weekly in the At Home section. Mary Fran McClure is one of three columnists featured.