Taste of Jersey History


heirloom tomato - Taste of Jersey HistoryCalling all fans of “heirloom tomatoes” – those old-fashioned varieties that have been passed down from one generation to the next because of their superior taste. On Sunday, August 26, 1 – 5 p.m., the Hoboken Historical Museum presents its Sixth Annual Heirloom Tomato-Tasting Festival in the walkway alongside the Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken. 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).

And if you like what you taste, you can take some home. Heirloom tomatoes and garlic, herbs, and other fresh-from-the-farm produce will be available for purchase, along with some of Sue’s amazing dips and salsas.

This year, Catalpa Ridge will return in October with even more garlic varieties for our First Annual Garlic Festival, so mark your calendar for Saturday, October 13, from noon to 5 p.m., for free tastings of recipes made from “the stinking rose.” For more information about either festival, call the Museum at (201) 656-2240, ext. 8.



For those of you that attended the Taste of Summer event over at the Historical Museum, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. A good thing to check out on the rainy Sunday it was. For those of you that didn’t, here’s what it was like.

It’s basically setup in between the two Shipyard buildings on 13th Street. They have many tables out with their vegetables and others with samples to taste, such as garlic, cucumbers, peppers, apples and various dips, and salsa. They had this one spread, a tomato and garlic one that was amazing. They sold out of that fast.

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There were more than 20 varieties of tomatoes, many which were extremely tasty. Tomatoes cost $2.49 a pound. You could also sign up for the mailing list and arrange to have deliveries of their products to your home.

Check it out next year and support your local growers!

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This Sunday the 27th from 1pm to 5pm, The Hoboken Historical Museum is having their 7th Annual “Taste of Summer” event.

Get free tastings of heirloom tomatoes and garlic varieties. Plus fresh-from-the-farm produce for sale.

Sounds tasty! Check it out!

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Sunday, August 26, 2007 8:51 pm

Those tomatoes were truly fantastic, and they weren’t too expensive either. Does anyone use their Community Support Farm delivery service? I was surprised to learn they deliver food to Hoboken and was wondering if it was worth the price.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 3:52 pm

Nice event run by very nice people. Too bad they can’t do it in a slightly bigger space. Especially with the 2 idiots who thought it was okay to bring their bikes in there.

Saturday, August 25, 2007 12:48 pm

The tomatoes at this event are incredible. You can eat them like apples. I will be buying many.

Saturday, August 25, 2007 12:31 am

Thanks, Beam – I didn’t even notice. I was too disappointed thinkning I had missed my chance at Fried Green Tomatoes. 411, might be something to consider. Take out last year’s comments if you are reposting for this year.

Friday, August 24, 2007 12:39 pm

Did you look at the dates on their comments? They’re from a year ago.

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