Tomato Tasting at Craftsbury Farmers’ Market

Over Thirty Varieties of Locally Grown Tomatoes

Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

Saturday: August 26, 2017 – 10 AM – 1 PM

Whether you say tomato (tomayto – American) or tomato (tomahto – British) you’ll have a rare opportunity to see and taste over thirty varieties of fresh tomatoes at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market. You’ll also be able to vote for your favorite tomato variety. Just bring your taste buds. Perhaps you will discover a new favorite tomato variety.

Did you know?

  • The tomato is technically, according to botanists, a fruit.
  • The plural of tomato is tomatoes, NOT tomatos.
  • Botanists and the US Supreme Court have disagreed on the classification of the tomato as a fruit vs. a vegetable.
  • In 1886, importer John Nix and his colleagues presented a load of West Indian tomatoes at the Port of New York to Customs Agent, Edward Hedden. Hedden levied a ten percent tax on the shipment as according to the Tariff Act of 1883, an import duty on “foreign vegetables” applied. Nix, familiar with the botanical classification of the tomato as a fruit contested the Customs Agent’s classification and since the Tarif Act of 1883 didn’t tax fruits, took the position that no tax was due. The case of the tomato went all the way to the US Supreme Court and in 1893, Justice Horace Gray ruled that a tomato was a vegetable. “Botanically speaking,” said Justice Gray, “tomatoes are the fruit of the vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans and peas, but Gray sided with the colloquial use of the word tomato as a vegetable. He reasoned that in the common language of people…all these vegetables…are usually served at dinner and NOT as a dessert such as a fruit would be.

Update: Tomato Tasting Results

Out of over thirty varieties, the Kakao, grown by Pete’s Greens was the winner in our visitor taste tests. The Kakao (F1), almost black when ripe, was developed in France. The Kakao combines sweet and salty flavors, and provides unparalleled taste for salads, cooking, and other dishes for consumers and chefs. It also does extremely well in greenhouse growing environments.

 

A huge thanks to Kris Coville for running around to collect the tomato varieties and to these growers for contributing tomatoes:

 

Pete’s Greens (Craftsbury)
Robert Linck’s Farm (Craftsbury)
Sandiwood Farm (Wolcott)
Wild Branch Valley Farm (Craftsbury)