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Heirloom Tomato Weekend

It’s a tomato-palooza!

Heirloom Tomato Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden

Get new ideas about everyone’s garden favorite, tomatoes, with programs focused on growing and using heirloom varieties. Trace the fascinating history of tomatoes as they’ve traveled the world. Volunteers will also provide tips on growing and cooking with tomatoes as well as assistance with gardeners’ tomato problems.  Tour the tomatoes growing at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden with the staff horticulturist and learn how easy it is to save your own heirloom/open-pollinated tomato seeds at demonstrations throughout the weekend. Shop for tomato-related items in the Wheelbarrow Shop and from local vendors. Families can take part in a variety of hands-on games and activities.

Event Highlights

Explore the many varieties of tomatoes you can grow in your home garden, get growing tips and solve your tomato growing problems.  Get new ideas for cooking with tomatoes and preserving them for use through the winter. Read fun tomato facts and tips on handwritten signs throughout the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Take home a resource sheet with seed sources and recommendations.

Take a tomato tour with the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden horticulturist at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Seed-saving demonstrations will be offered at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Family activities include a tomato toss, “Sorting Supper” game and making an herb mix (to create a delicious pasta sauce at home).

Purchase a variety of tomato products from an array of vendors, and check out the Wheelbarrow Shop for more goodies. Local vendors include Bigfat’s Hot Sauce, Dad’s Garlic Salt, Three Tarts Bakery, and Windy City Harvest.

We will be handing out free oregano seedlings, as long as supplies last.

Visit the kitchen amphitheater at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. for live chef demonstrations.

Cherry Tomato Relish