Heirloom Tomato Taste Test & Monthly Vegan Potluck

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
6:30:
Potluck

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing/Tasting guidelines:

  • 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.

Potluck. Bring:

  • 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!

 

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  • Mary Rodgers

    What a fun evening—seems I'm a "Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye" groupie! We're so grateful to Chuck for the incredible amount of work that went into getting all 30 samples, fresh picked just before the potluck, prepped and ready for us! If you didn't get around to adding your name to the sign-up sheet but would like Chuck to send you this year's taste test results, let me know and I'll get you connected.

    August 10

  • Nicole

    Great food and Great people, can u really ask for more?

    August 10

  • Nicole

    Great food and Great people, can u really ask for more?

    August 10

  • Galen H

    I just took myself off the "coming" list because I don't have anything to bring. I hate to cook. If I come up with something, I will show up! Got a new cookbook yesterday so maybe. . . .

    August 10

  • nick

    thank you for serving me vets im sy i used your group to flash on somone for that i appoligze sry

    August 6

  • maryann F.

    can't come, out of town, but i have an heirloom that is as big as a sm. pumpkin.

    August 6

    • Sharon W L

      Do you have seed to share for next year's crop?

      August 6

  • Kasey

    I love tomatoes!!!

    July 24

  • Christian Blackburn

    If you're even a little in to heirloom produce or simply like trying new things. I highly recommend the heirloom expo at the start of September there are 20-100 varieties of watermelon, grapes, apples, tomatoes, peppers, etc.. Many available for purchase as seeds, starters, or lunch. You can also buy exotic fruits like Cherimoya that can be grown in Sacramento. I think they had 10,000 people attend last year where it's held the bay area. I have been to a lot of festivals in the last three years and was really impressed by the quality of attendee at this event: http://theheirloomexpo.com/­

    1 · July 20

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