This weekend (March 9 – 11), Roger’s Gardens held a Tomato Mania event. Tomato Mania is the world’s largest heirloom tomato seedling sale. They have over 150 varieties of heirloom & hybrid tomatoes. And there are many “tomato experts” to help guide you in your decision of varietals, fertilizer, soil, etc. for a successful tomato growing season.
Jeff is always looking for the best tomatoes to plant in our garden, so we went to Roger’s on Saturday. WOW!!! I’ve never seen so many tomato plants! And I’ve never seen so many people at Roger’s.
We asked one of the tomato experts if he could only get 3 or 4 tomatoes, which ones he would choose. Here’s what he recommended (and what we purchased):
- Sunny Goliath – yellow/gold, very sweet & juicy
- Creme Brulee – deep carmel color with hints of red & chocolate, full-bodied flavor
- Carbon – black, very flavorful
- Green Zebra – yellow & green stripe with citrus flavor
As I walked by all the tomatoes, reading their descriptions, I kept thinking of all the wonderful summer dishes we’ll have this summer. There’s nothing better than an heirloom caprese salad with home-grown tomatoes.
The checkout line took 40 minutes. If you don’t mind missing the tomato lectures (Roger’s has a mini amphitheater for lectures), purchase your tomatoes when everyone is listening to the lectures. It’s a much shorter line.
We kept running into friends on Saturday, so I wasn’t able to browse the rest of the gardens and snap very many photos.
At the checkout (in the Victory Garden area), they have beautiful displays of herbs.
For those of you in California, you can see where other Tomato Mania events are held by viewing their website. Tomato Mania