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 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 http://www.see-la.org/.
For more information on heirloom tomatoes, see this article on the San Francisco Chronicle website: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin