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Press Release State Agricultural Officials Announce Winners of 2018 Massachusetts Tomato Contest

Farmers from West Bridgewater, North Easton, and Sharon take top honors at 34th annual event
For immediate release:
8/21/2018
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Media Contact for State Agricultural Officials Announce Winners of 2018 Massachusetts Tomato Contest

Katie Gronendyke

BOSTONMassachusetts environmental officials joined tomato farmers from across the state today at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market for the Commonwealth’s 34th Annual Tomato Contest. Designed to increase awareness of locally grown produce, this year’s contest drew 66 entries from 12 farms across the state.

“The annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest is a highlight of the summer growing season and a great tradition that showcases the hard work of our local farmers and the dozens of varieties of delicious tomatoes grown in the Commonwealth,” said Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux. “I encourage all residents to visit their local farmers’ market or farm stand this month to find local, high-quality tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables at their peak.”

After the entries were judged by a panel of food writers, chefs, produce experts and state officials on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape,  MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux announced that the top prizes went to farmers from West Bridgewater, North Easton, and Sharon.

“We are honored and thrilled to work with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to host the Tomato Contest again this year,” said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “Here at the Market, we educate our customers about the bounty grown in Massachusetts and New England and the impact of buying local food and supporting farmers and food entrepreneurs. What better way to highlight the varieties, flavors, and colors of our region than through a friendly competition!”

“It’s tomato season in New England and The KITCHEN is delighted to host MDAR’s Annual Tomato Contest and highlight the robust variety of tomatoes grown here in the Commonwealth,” said Lieza Dagher, Trustees’ Program Director of The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market.  “As the lead programming partner at Boston Public Market, The Trustees is committed to teaching visitors about the many important benefits of eating with the seasons and supporting Massachusetts farmers in our KITCHEN events.”

In addition to the presentation of awards, today’s Tomato Contest included a Healthy Cooking Demonstration by UMass Extension, tomato tasting and information on nutrition and local farms. The contest is sponsored by MDAR, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers' Markets and was hosted by the Boston Public Market Association and Trustees of Reservations.

Of the more than 7,700 farms in Massachusetts, 759 farms annually produce more than 7.6 million pounds of tomatoes on 685 acres with a value of approximately $14.5 million. Consumers can find farmers’ markets, farm stands and other opportunities to buy local produce here.

2018 Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners

Slicing Category

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

C & C Reading Farm

West Bridgewater

Big Beef

2

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Early Girl

3

Langwater Farm

North Easton

BHN 589

4

MacArthur Farm

Holliston

Tomimaru

5

Sienna Farm

Sudbury

Damsel

6

Langwater Farm

North Easton

BHN 1021

7

Farmer Dave's

Dracut

BHN 589

8

Under The Sun

North Dighton

Celebrity

9

MacArthur Farm

Holliston

BHN 589

10

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Scarlet Red

 

Cherry Category

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Sunsugar

2

Dancing Bear

Leyden

SunGold

3

Farmer Dave's

Dracut

Sweet Hearts

4

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Sunpeach

5

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

SunGold

6

Farmer Dave's

Dracut

BHN 268

7

Verrill Farm

Concord

Sweet 100

8

MacArthur Farm

Holliston

Supersweet100

9

Under The Sun

North Dighton

Five Star

10

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Yellow Mini

 

Heirloom Category

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Green Zebra

2

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Cherokee Purple

3

Verrill Farm

Concord

Carbon

4

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Pineapple

5

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Lemon Boy

6

Red Fire Farm

Montague

Striped German

7

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Cherokee Purple

8

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Cherokee Green

9

Farmer Dave's

Dracut

Brandywine

10

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Mortgage Lifter

 

Heaviest Category

Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight (lbs)

1

Langwater Farm

North Easton

Striped German

2.560

2

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Mexico

2.440

3

Under The Sun

North Dighton

Striped German

2.220

4

Ward's Berry Farm

Sharon

Beefmaster

2.080

5

Verrill Farm

Concord

Striped German

1.990

 

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Media Contact for State Agricultural Officials Announce Winners of 2018 Massachusetts Tomato Contest

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

EEA seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.

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