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True Love & Homegrown Tomatoes!

Tomato plants are now in the ground of Western North Carolina’s farms and gardens. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to speed up the growing process. But, we can offer news to keep excitement of the summer favorite’s arrival building: advance tickets are now on sale for our Homegrown Tomato Contest, to be held August 11 from 2 until 5 pm at the Market Place in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled in conjunction with Get Local, which will highlight, you guessed it, tomatoes in August!

The contest is open to all area home gardeners; you’ll be asked to bring two tomatoes to be tasted and judged by a panel of local celebrities. Prizes for the most marvelous ‘maters will include a $100 gift certificate to the Market Place, market bucks to Asheville City Market, a pass for our Farm Tour in September, and more. You will also be invited to bring an “ugly” tomato for an all-in-good-fun Ugly Tomato Contest.

However, the event is only part contest, and everyone is invited to celebrate and enjoy the summer staple. All attendees will have the opportunity to snack on local tomato hors d’oeuvres and enjoy tomato-based cocktails prepared by Market Place’s executive chef/owner William Dissen and his staff. Gardening and tomato specialists will also be on hand to share their expertise. Tickets for the general public to munch and mingle are $20; tickets for contest entrants are $10. A portion of the event’s proceeds will support ASAP.

Confident in your newly planted crop? Reserve your place in the contest soon, as there is a maximum number of entrants allowed. Advance tickets are also now available for the tasting portion of the event; contact the Market Place at (828) 252-4162 or to purchase.

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