July 22, 2010
On Saturday, August 14th, 9AM to 2PM, the Woodland Tomato Festival will celebrate another bountiful Yolo County tomato season with a fun day of food, entertainment, educational and recreational activities, and local crafts. The event will be held at downtown Freeman Park, home of the Woodland Farmer's Market.
In the morning local farmers will be selling tomatoes as well as a rich assortment of other seasonal fruits and vegetables. A free tomato tasting will allow you to taste and compare heirloom varieties such as Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Pink Lady and Big Beef, as well as modern varieties. The salsa competition will highlight hot sauces prepared by local restaurants with Festival attendees tasting and judging the entries.Children will find plenty to do in the play area, and crafts people will be selling an assortment of their wares. Exhibits will highlight Yolo County tomato growing and UC Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening question. Free entertainment will be provided in the park gazebo.
Woodland is the epicenter of all things tomato. With a cash crop worth over $100 million dollars harvested from over 42,000 acres of tomato fields, Yolo County is both producer and processor. From July to October, large tomato processing plants slice, dice, crush, and cook this multi-purpose product, stocking the shelves of supermarkets and restaurants around the country. Home gardeners join in this tomato appreciation by growing and enjoying both modern hybrid and time tested heirloom tomato varieties.
We now invite you to come and celebrate the harvest at the Woodland Tomato Festival! See the website: www.woodlandtomatofestival.com