Sep 4, 2012

Vickis Veggies Tomato Tasting

On Sunday I experienced euphoria at the very unique Heirloom Tomato Tasting that took place at Vickis Veggies, a country farm in the County (Prince Edward County that is).

As a fresh field tomato lover, I was blown away when I discovered that the event was headlined by the opportunity to taste over 200 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, and with free admission to boot!   

For those of you not in the loop, Heirloom tomatoes are distinguished by their rich ancestry - inclusive of hundreds of varieties that were quite common years ago. Unlike the handful of breeds at our local supermarkets that have been perfected for better commercial value, Vickis Veggies raises around 320 varieties of these colourful, flavourful fruits, and is single-handedly keeping the old-school tomato farming traditions alive.

Next time you stumble across a plethora of green, orange, yellow or striped tomatoes, I recommend trying a few. Whether you use them in a salad, or in a toasted tomato sandwich, the results will not be disappointing.

Better yet, if you are interested in growing a plant or two of your own, the County farm does sell their seedlings the last two weeks in May (a few of my favourites include, Green Zebras, Russian Chocolate and Little Lucky's).

For all of my Torontonian friends, you can also find a seasonal Vickis Veggies stand at Evergreen Brickworks and the Wychwood Barns weekend markets.