Taste and compare close to 20 different varieties of Sacramento-grown organic heirloom tomatoes!
A slightly different timeline this month (tasting first/potluck after), so we can enjoy those luscious fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes at their peak!
5:30: Doors open/social time
6:00: Tasting begins
Chuck Rickard, a member of the Oak Park Crop Swap, grows over 40 tomato varieties and 25 varieties of mild peppers at his home in Oak Park. He does tomato- and pepper-tasting sessions at the Crop Swap’s evening meetings each summer.
- You will have the opportunity to rate each tomato sample on a scale of one to ten.
- The tasting session is “blind,” so no tomatoes are identified until it’s over.
- Chuck includes supermarket tomatoes, which, not surprisingly, have yet to fool the tasters!
- You will experience the wide variety of tastes and tastiness of homegrown heirloom tomatoes and discover that, although they are all heirlooms, some will taste much better to you than others.
- Now you will be able to “talk tomatoes”!
Extras: At the end of the session you will be given list that shows your personal rating for the tomatoes sampled and a listing of all the tomatoes sampled by the Crop Swap over the last three years, showing which tomatoes the group liked best. If you wish, Chuck will send you a new list in January or February of next year, which will have all the 2014 tasting data. This should help you to decide what to plant next year.
Bio: Chuck is a retired science and woodshop teacher and has worked in the areas of resource/field ecology and environmental planning. He does raised-bed gardening and builds raised beds for friends, family, and others who ask. He has been seriously gardening for about eight years, and this is his fourth year of systematic tomato and pepper tasting.
- a vegan (no animal products, including no eggs or dairy products) dish to feed at least six;
- your plate, bowl, cup, eating and serving utensils;
- a list of ingredients/recipe.
Baffled by "vegan"? Don't know what to fix? We can help. Drop us a line right here or at [masked].
Parking: Free, off-street, and lots of it. Just one block from the T Street bike path.
Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.!
See you at the Grange Hall!