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The Franklin Tomato Festival to celebrate the Queen of the Farm

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The Franklin Farmers Market will host its ninth annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, July 20 beginning at 8 a.m.

Farmers will vie for the best-tasting tomato, picked 48 hours before the contest, in the popular taste test judged by the customers, and children will have many free activities for fun and entertainment. 

Customers will be in for a real treat with free tomato tasting from local farmers. A total of 14 participating farms will compete in the categories of Heirloom or Standard tomatoes.

This year, the contest will be a blind taste test judged by the customers attending the market between the hours of 8-10:30 a.m. Winners of the contest will be announced at 11 a.m. 

“The farmers market summer season is in full swing now that the 'queen' of the farm has made her way to the market," Franklin Farmers Market Director Amy Tavalin said. "Everyone waits for the perfect homegrown tomato, and that wait is finally over.

"We are honored to have the largest selection of farmers in Middle Tennessee in one location, and proud to be a producers-only market. You won’t find a better tasting homegrown tomato than right here in Franklin, grown by the farmers who are here.” 

It’s a family affair at the Franklin Tomato Festival, with free children’s activities that include a bouncy house, tomato storytelling by Magda the Story Spider, free face painting, kids games and a trampoline from market sponsor Springfree Trampoline.

Festival attendees can enjoy all that our market has to offer – fresh, locally grown produce, locally made artisan goods and local food trucks for breakfast and lunch. Admission to the festival and the market is free.

The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. behind The Factory at Franklin. The market is a 17-year-old producers-only market with the largest assembly of local farmers providing fresh farm food all year long each Saturday morning.

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