Heirloom tomatoes, yum!

8/24/2008 Update:

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!

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uptown girl

Emarche – Where is the farm in Morristown? Or are you talkng about the farmstand on 24 between Mendham and Chester (maybe in Ralston-?) on the right, as you are heading west?


The problem is the really good ones – especially the brandywines – are going to be done in less than a few weeks. I’ve got a pile of them from a small farm out by Morristown that are incredible. Best BLTs ever.


Easy, your best bet for finding local heirlooms is the Union Square Greenmarket (M-W-F-S). The Hoboken Farmer’s Market (Tuesday, 3-7PM) may have them as well. Soseby’s produce might have local heirlooms but I’m not sure of this. I know Whole Foods does, but they are usually not locally grown.


Where can I find some locally? I have a thing to go to in a couple weeks, wouldn’t mind bringing some caprese with Fiore’s Mozz and some of these tasty tomatoes.


OK all you people who get out there to buy tomatoes, don’t forget to get out and VOTE during local elections after you read H411!