Please join us for the 30th annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest on Monday August 18 at the Boston Public Market Farmers’ Market, 136 Blackstone Street, Boston (*please note the new location*). Tomatoes will be judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape. The contest is sponsored by the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Mass Farmers’ Markets and hosted by the Boston Public Market Association. This friendly contest is open to commercial tomato growers and is designed to increase consumer’s awareness of local agriculture.
2014 Schedule of Events:
9:30 am to 10:45 am – Tomato drop-off and registration
11:00 am – Judging of tomatoes by panel of experts
1:00 pm– Presentation of awards
Tomato Contest Criteria
Flavor: 10 points possible. The perfect tomato should have a strong tomato taste, be slightly acidic, juicy and fresh tasting with a tender skin.
Firmness/Slicing Quality: 5 points possible.
A desirable tomato should have a dense uniform thick wall with many seed cavities, completely filled with a jelly-like mass. The firmness of the tomato should be pleasing, not too mushy and not too hard. It should be such that it will bruise if dropped, yet is not over-ripe.
Exterior Color: 5 points possible.
The winning tomato has a uniform color, is free of green shoulders and has no evidence of blotchy ripening or other defects.
Shape: 5 points possible.
Tomatoes come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the variety. Their shape should be symmetrical, but most important, the tomatoes in each entry should be uniform in size.
PRIZES: First, second, and third place tomato trophies will be awarded in all four categories.
Top 5 certificates will also be given in each category.
How to Register:
Each farm entry is required to submit a registration form . All of the required tomato details and categories are explained on the registration form.
If you are unable to bring your entry(s) to Boston, please contact one of the following locations to confirm drop-off entry(s). Drop off is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th or Sunday, August 17th from 9:00am - 5:00pm at the following locations. *A registration form is required with each farm entry.
Silverbrook Farm, (508) 991-5185, 592 Chase Rd., Dartmouth
Wilson Farm, (781) 862-3900, 10 Pleasant St. Lexington
Stillman Farm (978) 537-3342, 1399 Lancaster Ave., Lunenburg
Randall’s Farm (413) 589-7071, 631 Center St., Ludlow
For more information or questions regarding the Tomato Contest contact David Webber at (617) 626-1754 or David.Webber@state.ma.us.