Franklin Farmers Market customers get involved at annual Tomato Festival

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Tomato Festival 2019

Beaverdam Creek Farm’s heirloom tomatoes at the Franklin Farmers Market Tomato Festival.

The Franklin Farmers Market hosted its ninth annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, with 10 participating farms competing in the categories of heirloom or standard tomatoes. 

Customers who stopped by the market before 11 a.m. could get involved in the festivities by judging in a blind taste test which farm they felt had the best tasting tomatoes. 

Amy Tavalin, Franklin Farmers Market director, explained the difference between heirloom and standard tomatoes. An heirloom’s seed has been around 50 years or more, while standard is an “every day, conventional tomato.”

“We’re having one of our best years for growing tomatoes,” Tavalin said. “We’ve had a lot of rain this season.”

This year’s Tomato Festival winners were:

Heirloom Category

  • 1st – Kirkview Farm 

  • 2nd – Bloomsbury Farms 

  • 3rd – Evans Produce 

Standard Category 

  • 1st – Beaverdam Creek Farm 

  • 2nd – Colbert Farm 

  • 3rd – Delvin Farms 

The next upcoming festival at the Franklin Farmers Market will be the Watermelon Festival on Aug. 24. The market is held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday behind The Factory at Franklin, at 230 Franklin Road.

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