Heirloom tomatoes, yum!
Tomato Festival a huge success
The largest crowd ever turned up for this year’s Heirloom Tomato Festival over at the Hoboken Historical Museum.
When asked how they found about the festival, a majority of the respondents said “Hoboken411, of course!”
You still have a bit more than an hour left to get down there, as it ends at 5pm today. (PS, if there’s any salsa left, pick one up!)
One of my favorite events over at the Hoboken Historical Museum is the (seventh) Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival! Free tastings of Jersey-fresh varieties; samples for sale.
Sunday August 24th, from 1-5pm, located at 1301 Hudson St. You can call 201-656-2240 for more information.
You can see updates from the 2006 and 2007 “Jersey Fresh” Tomato-fest here.
A Taste of History at the Heirloom Tomato-Tasting Festival
Some heirlooms aren’t intended for museum collections; they’re meant to be savored by the palate. Heirloom tomatoes, grown from old-fashioned varieties that have been passed down from one generation to the next because of their superior taste, are celebrated every year with a free tasting event in the breezeway next to the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St. On Sunday, August 24, 1 – 5 p.m., the Museum presents its Seventh Annual Heirloom Tomato-Tasting Festival. The event, as always, is free.
Wantage, N.J.-based farmers Rich and Sue Sisti of Catalpa Ridge Farm will supply tastings of some of the tomato varieties they and neighboring New Jersey farmers grow. Favorites over the years have included the tart “Aunt Ruby’s German Green,” the supremely flavorful “Brandywine Pink,” and the ever-popular “Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter.”
New varieties are grown every year, so if you were at the tasting in years past, you’ll find new tomatoes for sampling this year (in colors ranging from white to yellow to striped to green to purple and good old red). Catalpa Ridge Farm will also have packaged dips, pestos and salsas made from farm ingredients, and will be offering a few new tomato varieties, including Super Snow Berry, Small Fry and Lemon Boy. They’ll also bring a selection of farm-fresh produce including garlic, herbs, peppers, onions, eggplant, summer squash and more!