It’s high summer and how are your tomatoes doing? Wish you’d known which varieties give best results locally? Did you plant the best tasting varieties?
Come, taste and find out. At their annual Tomato Extravaganza on Saturday, the Master Gardeners are celebrating the luscious red (or maybe striped or purple) tomato, queen of summer’s bounty. All things tomato will be the focus at the Seven Sisters demonstration garden at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo.
At this free “edible festival” you can taste ripe homegrown tomatoes and vote for your favorite. Basil is a perfect companion for tomatoes— and several varieties (Thai, cinnamon, purple, etc.) will also be part of the tasting.
As well as tastings, local experts will be offering miniseminars. You can learn to cook up a great tomato dish or make flavorful vinegars for gifts. Find out how to graft tomatoes or maybe find out what ate your plants this year!
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10 to 11 a.m.: Learn to Grow Your Own Gazpacho, a cooking demonstration with Joe Thomas of Thomas Hill Organics.
11:15 to 11:45a.m.: Tomato grafting with the California Rare Fruit Growers.
Noon to 12:30 p.m.: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly insects in the garden.
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Flavored wine vinegars safe and tasty.
If all this has worked up your appetite, you may want to purchase some tomato-based treats cooked up for the occasion by local chef Rochelle Harringer. Children who attend will have fun making tomato heads to take home.