As we head into the heat of summer, we can take comfort in the knowledge that all those hot, sunny days also bring forth everyone’s favorite summer vegetable – homegrown tomatoes! Whether tossed in a salad, sliced on a bun, or eaten on their own, tomatoes are nature’s reward for surviving the heat of June and July.
The Dripping Springs Farmers Market celebrates this year’s bumper crop of tomatoes on June 20th and 27th with Tomato Time! – a festival of tomato tasting, testing and savoring. Farmers and growers can bring the best of their garden bounty to enter in five separate tasting competitions, judged by the public in the People’s Choice tents. Winners will claim ribbons, prizes and bragging rights for the year. Last year’s competition saw gardeners ranging in age from eight to eighty competing in five categories: Cherry, Romas, Yellow, Red Slicer and Heirlooms.
The public is invited to taste and judge tomatoes in all five categories and vote (with purchased tokens) for their favorites. After exploring the tastes and textures of dozens of varieties, they’ll be able to find many of those varieties available for purchase in our Farmers Market growers’ stalls.
As at every week’s market, there will be vendors selling in-season fruit and vegetables, free range and pastured meats, yard eggs, local honey, prepared and ready-to-eat foods and treats (including kettle corn and ice cream). Shoppers will be able to cool down with cold herbal teas, coffee, fruit drinks and local wines, while enjoying entertainment from our market musicians.
Laurel Robertson, Dripping Springs Farmers Market Manager, said, “Last year, people really enjoyed learning what their favorite varieties of tomatoes were. They got to see them, taste them and then take their favorites home. Everyone had a lot of fun.”
It’s Tomato Time! takes place the last two Wednesdays of June (20th and 27th) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dripping Springs Farmer’s Market on the Triangle (at the corner of Highway 290 and RR 12).
The Dripping Springs Farmers Market is owned and operated by the City of Dripping Springs. The Mission of the Market is to provide a community gathering place where local food producers, artisans and community organizations educate and sell directly to consumers.
— Laurel Robertson, Dripping Springs Farmers Market Manager