For Immediate Release - August 20, 2013

Patrick Administration Kicks Off Farmers Market Week with Massachusetts Tomato Contest

Governor Deval Patrick Proclaims August 18-24 as Massachusetts Farmers Market Week

BOSTON – Monday, August 19, 2013 – State environmental and agricultural officials today kicked off Farmers Market Week with the 29th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest at the farmers market at Boston’s City Hall. Governor Patrick has proclaimed August 18-24, 2013 as Massachusetts Farmers Market Week.

“Massachusetts ranks seventh in the nation for its many farmers markets,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “Supporting local farmers on the ground level is critical to keeping our rich agricultural heritage alive for generations to come.”

“Farmers Market week allows families across Massachusetts to enjoy the remaining summer weather and purchase delicious, locally-grown fresh foods,” said MDAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Massachusetts residents and visitors have a chance to support and take part in the Commonwealth’s thriving agricultural industry.”

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers Markets and hosted by the Boston Public Market, tomatoes from farmers across the state were judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness, slicing quality, exterior color and shape. The contest is designed to increase awareness of locally grown produce.

Information on healthy eating and local foods was available from MDAR, Mass Farmers Markets, Mass Farm to School Project, Massachusetts WIC program, USDA and UMass Extension.

The contest winners are below as follows.

SLICING CATEGORY

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight

1

Red Fire Farm

Granby

BHN589

 

2

Idywilde Farm

Acton

Tasti-Lee

 

3

Verrill Farm

Concord

Dafel

 

4

Red Fire Farm

Granby

Celebrity

 

5

Silverbrook

Dartmouth

Defender

 

6

Macone Farm

Concord

Mountain Fresh

 

7

East Street

Tewksbury

Big Boy

 

8

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Sunbrie

 

9

Cape Abilities

Hyannis

Geronimo

 

10

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

BHN589

 

CHERRY CATEGORY

Entry

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight

1

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Sungold

 

2

Macone Farm

Concord

Sungold

 

3

Red Fire Farm

Granby

Sungold

 

4

Freitas Farm

Middleboro

Sungold

 

5

Wilson Farm

Lexington

Sungold

 

6

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Sunsugar

 

7

Red Fire Farm

Granby

Rose Quartz

 

8

Stillman's Farm

New Braintree

Sungold

 

9

Farmer Dave's

Dracut

Sweet 100

 

10

Verrill Farm

Concord

Sungold

 

HEIRLOOM CATEGORY

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight

1

Macone Farm

Concord

Mr. Stripey

 

2

Macone Farm

Cord

Macone Farm

 

3

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Cherokee Purple

 

4

Stillman's Farm

New Braintree

Cherokee Purple

 

5

Macone Farm

Concord

Ponderosa Pink

 

6

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Green Zebra

 

7

Verrill Farm

Concord

Cherokee Chocolate

 

8

Stillman's Farm

New Braintree

Striped German

 

9

Stillman's Farm

New Braintree

Valencia

 

10

Wilson Farm

Concord

Cherokee Purple

 

HEAVIEST

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight

1

Verrill Farm

Concord

Persimmon

2.440

2

Macone Farm

Concord

Mr. Stripey

1.945

3

Silverbrook

Dartmouth

Striped German

1.930

4

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Aussie

1.925

5

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Brandywine

1.865

DAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR’s website at www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow at twitter.com/mdarcommish.