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NEWS+EVENT: Peak of Summer Tomato Festival

Photo by Dominik Hundhammer

Y'all know (at least those of you who actually know me) that I am no fan of tomatoes. That being the case, I have nothing personal against them and realize that they provide quite a few people with enjoyment was well as sustenance and so, although I have no interest in celebrating all things tomato, I know there are a few people out there who might.

The Hollywood Farmer's Market will host the Peak of Summer Tomato Festival next Sunday, August 20, during its regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event celebrates the variety of tomatoes that are in season now, and is free to the public.

This year, customers of the Farmer's Market can expect to see varieties including Cherokee, Jubilee, Evergreen, Early Girls, Better Boy, Gold Medal, Persimmon, Black Krim, Great White,
White Beauty, Marianna’s Peace, Earl of Edgecombe, Pineapple, and Green Zebra.

Special events include:

  • Free samples of each of the tomato varieties will be available for sampling from 9:00am until noon.
  • Evan Kleiman will demonstrate a delicious new way to cook with tomatoes from 10:00am until noon.
  • Customers can enjoy free samples of fresh heirloom tomato juice from Chef E from 10:00am until noon.
  • Dietitian Cindy Young of the Los Angeles County Department of Health "Ask the Dietitian" Program will also be on hand to prepare and sample a healthy tomato recipe from 9:00am until 11:00am.
  • Recipes and information on the art of preserving and canning tomatoes will also be readily available.
The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is located at Ivar and Selma Avenues between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards every Sunday from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Limited free parking is available at 1623 N. Vine Street in the Doolittle Theatre parking lot. Parking is also available at the Arclight/Cinerama Dome parking structure at Sunset & Ivar. First hour is free with market validation.

The Market is operated by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) as a nonprofit community activity. For more information about SEE-LA, visit their web site at

For more information on heirloom tomatoes, see this article on the San Francisco Chronicle website:

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Hi, I'm D.H., author of the photo of a sliced "cuor di bue" tomato that you chose to illustrate your article. I forgot to read it so far - I was so excited to find that pic on a blog! Very kind of you to give me credits, yet I'm afraid your use of the image in that way is not according to the Gnu Free Document Licence (GFDL) under which I submitted it by posting it to wikipedia or wikimedia commons, from one of which you must supposedly have gotten the picture. Not that I would care, I'm not one of the wiki-police... I'm just happy to find it here. I'll now do what I should've done before: read your article... CU, Dominik

said by Zero Hund at 1:25 PM Delete

More about GFDL here.
This is also helpful... I suggest: Just forget it, I myself have long since quit using this license for my images, only I cannot change it regarding the ones I've already put under it. Concerning myself: I'm perfectly satisfied with your mentioning my name. Wikimedia are "not my beer", as we say over here in Munich, where Oktoberfest ("Munich beer festival") starts right in a few days... Salut from Bavaria, Dominik

said by Zero Hund at 1:49 PM Delete

Hi! I am glad you are happy with the use of your photo. I certainly don't want to improperly use it, and I was unaware of the licensing requirement. I THINK I am using it correctly now by adding the license language, but if not I am always willing to change it to comply.

Thanks for your comment, and have a beer for me please during Oktoberfest!

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