For Immediate Release - August 16, 2013

MONDAY: State Agricultural Officials to Celebrate Farmers Market Week with the 29th Annual Tomato Contest


On Monday, August 19, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan and state environmental and agricultural officials will kick off Massachusetts Farmers Market Week with the 29th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Festival and Contest in Boston.

Farmers from across the Commonwealth will face off in categories such as field tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heirloom varieties, weight, shape, color and taste. The contest will be judged by a panel of food writers, chefs, cookbook authors, produce experts and state officials. Tomatoes will be judged on flavor, firmness and slicing quality, exterior color and shape.  The contest is designed to increase awareness of locally grown produce.

Immediately following the judging, Secretary Sullivan will read Governor Deval Patrick’s proclamation declaring August 18 to 24 Massachusetts Farmers Markets Week and announce the winners of the tomato contest.

WHO:EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan
Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Greg Watson
James Arena-DeRosa, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Northeast Regional Administrator
Jeff Cole, Executive Director, Mass Farmers Markets
Tomato Contest Judges
WHEN:Monday       August 19, 2013       10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tomato judging: 10:30 a.m.; Announcement of winners: 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:Boston City Hall Plaza Farmers Market, along Cambridge Street


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