Going to a tomato tasting is a fun way to enjoy others’ gardens as well as your own. When I couldn’t find any after first reading about tomato tastings years ago, I held my own. I invited others to bring tomatoes, printed voters’ ballots and winners’ certificates, and made a party out of it. This year I combined it with my first ever open garden day.
Tomato tastings are easier to find now. Try an internet search to see if there are any in your area. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs and announcements when you are at farmers markets and county fairs. Check your local newspaper. While reading the Chicago Tribune’s food section a few weeks ago, I found a tomato tasting at Green City Market that was held just a few days before my own.
If you’re not a tomato fan, you could look for other tastings. On the day that I was at the Green City Market, one of the vendors was doing a plum tasting. I’ve done a tasting with different barbecue sauces I had canned. Tastings are fun, and they can help you decide what to grow, buy, or make in the future.
See my next post for how to hold your own tomato tasting.