Tomato lovers savored the many different shapes and colors of tomatoes offered at the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday.
From heirloom to standard, an array of vivid tomatoes grown by local farmers were vying for the best-tasting tomato award at the eight annual Tomato Festival.
Customers had the opportunity to blind-taste test, and then vote on the best-tasting tomato from nine participating farms for the honor. After hundreds of ballots were cast, the winners were:
Best Tasting Heirloom Tomato Winners
1st Place - Beaverdam Creek Farm
2nd Place - Bloomsbury Farm
3rd Place - Colbert Farm
Best Tasting Standard Tomato Winners:
1st Place - Colbert Farm
2nd Place - Norton Family Farm
3rd Place - Delvin Farms
Market Director Amy Tavalin explained more about two common types of tomatoes, standard and heirloom, offered at the market.
A standard tomato is a regular round, red type with a more acidic taste. Heirloom tomatoes are those in which seed has been passed down through generations for at least 50 years, and tend to have a sweeter taste.
“Customers like either a really acidic tomato, or a sweet tomato, and we’ve got both varieties here at the market,” Tavalin said. “This is peak season for tomatoes.”
The market will have plenty of tomatoes until the end of October, or until the first frost hits, Tavalin added.
The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the Factory in Franklin.