Area tomato tasters voted Sunday afternoon at the WSU Master Gardener Tomato Gala, keeping a few winners from last year as well as selecting some new ones.
Of the 182 ballots given out to visitors, the highest-rated tomato was the hybrid Super Fantastic, a perennial favorite, followed closely by a cute little yellow cherry tomato named Esterina.
This year, tomatoes were divided into three categories and each taster could mark his top three choices of each group on his ballot. In the heirloom category, Kellogg’s Breakfast topped the list (the winner two years ago). Next in a close contest was Green Zebra and then Brandywine.
Behind Super Fantastic in the hybrid category was Whopper and then Champion.
After hybrid Esterina in the small tomato/paste group came Sun Gold (a winner last year), then Fourth of July and Super Sweet 100 (last year’s top).
These tomatoes will be among those featured at the Master Gardener plant sale next spring.
The event at the Community Education Garden in Wenatchee, was sponsored by Flowers to the Brim and Mitchell’s Rock and Landscape Supply.
Mary Fran McClure is a WSU Master Gardener of Chelan County.