The Yadkin Farmers Market hosted its first Tomato Tasting on Saturday. Several farmers at the market provided 11 different tomato varieties for the tasting. Tasters received a numbered plate and a fork and were invited to taste until they could pick their favorite variety. Salt and pepper were provided, and bread and mayonnaise eventually showed up, which made for a tomato sandwich feast.
Each taster turned in a vote for their favorite tomato, and the results, as well as the variety names, were revealed late in the day. Tomato recipes, home gardening and food preservation information was available from Yadkin County Cooperative Extension and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.
The top five in the tomato tasting results were: 1st Cherokee Purple (Footville Farm), 2nd tie between Mr. Stripey (Footville Farm) and Better Boy (Ev’s Garden), 3rd Mountain Pride (Vestal’s Farm), 4th Roma Red (Vestal’s Farm) and 5th German Johnson (Creek Ridge Farm). The results will be on display at the market for the next few weeks.
Marilyn Wells, family and consumer science agent for NC Cooperative Extension in Yadkin County, helped prepare all the samples for the tasting Saturday morning and coordinate the event. She said, “This really turned out to be a fun event. When do you get to sample 11 different tomato varieties and see which one you really like? I was surprised to see which ones were my favorite at the end.”
The Yadkin Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 10. Most farmers are there select days, so be sure to check which days your favorites will be there. If traveling on U.S. 601 North, pass through downtown Yadkinville, and turn right at the Yadkinville Community Park and Papa John’s Pizza on Tennessee Street. The market shelter is just ahead on the left behind the park.
The market is open to farmers that reside in Yadkin and adjacent counties and allows no reselling of produce or other products. Local producers of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, baked goods, dairy products, plants, and traditional farm crafts are invited to apply. For a vendor application and rules, visit the local foods tab at http://yadkin.ces.ncsu.edu or contact Yadkin County Cooperative Extension at 336- 679-2061.