The event will be held at the home of our friends Jimmy and Fred in Efland NC at their beautiful location (it's always cooler there than in Raleigh, and it's a great place to just clear your mind and wander about the grounds). There will be lots of tomatoes of all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors (hopefully many of them supplied by you, the attendees!)....lots of great people with whom to engage in tomato talk, and starting at 4, music and clogging.
And this year we are going to have a Salsa competition (not the dance...the food) - info on all of this will be found on the Tomatopalooza website . I am in the process of pondering categories for the competition. Feel free to bring palate refreshers as well - show off your culinary skill (finger food only, however - we won't be using hot plates, or rummaging the property for dishware and utentils).
I am never sure what I will bring in terms of tomatoes - each year I worry that my crop will be past its peak, plants dead, etc - but we shall see (there are always Mexico Midgets and Sungolds, and I can pretty much guarantee Blush, Maglia Rose and Green Zebra Cherry tomatoes as well). There should also be a representative sample of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project (which always gets its own table, as well as a caution to not save seeds from that table, as the varieties are not yet stable). We encourage you to save seeds from the main varieties if you wish.
Please ask any questions that you have - to me via my email address, or through the Tomatopalooza website itself.
Please do consider coming, please register....and we hope to see you in Efland on Saturday July 28 at 1 PM!