Thursday, July 30, 2009

One Tomato, Two Tomato, NO tomato

I was introduced to heirloom tomatoes after visiting Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain last summer. I have never tasted so many juicy and delicious varieties of tomato before in my life.

That is why I was SO very sad to hear that for the first time in eight years Tomato To-mah-to: Slow Food Connecticut's heirloom tomato tasting festival is canceled this year. The two hosting farms, Urban Oaks Organic Farm and Upper Forty Farm in Cromwell, have suffered too many losses in their tomato crops.

It's a costly loss on many levels. So, what can we, as CT local foodies, do to help?

Slow Food Connecticut has established a Tomato Fund in support of the farmers. Proceeds will be equally divided between Upper Forty Farm and Urban Oaks Organic Farm.

Please send a check with your tax-deductible contribution made out to “Slow Food Connecticut” and mail to Susan Chandler, 1870 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117. Note “Tomato Fund” on the memo line.
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