On June 4th we had to reschedule the 3rd Annual Tomato Tasting because of the week long deluge of thunderstorms, but June 11 proved to be a bright sunny day and the grounds were dry! Shifting the date also meant our volunteers had to commit to two Saturdays and out tomato growers were not able to supply the same roster of tomatoes as the week before. Nonetheless, we had 22 varieties this year and some standouts in great tomato taste!
- The favorite cherry tomato this year was Sun Gold with Orange Paruche coming in second place. Sunsugar also had a large number of fans.
- Two saladettes, Juliet and Mountain Magic, had an equal number of votes.
- We had 3 romas this year. San Marzano, the classic Italian sauce tomato, took first place.
- Among 7 large slicing tomatoes, Bella Rosa took top honors, with Carmello and Carbon tying for second place.
You can learn more about each of these varieties from the Tomato Roster here. Note that a few varieties are listed for your information, but weren’t included in the tasting because the week long rain delay made them unavailable.
We were particularly happy to see so many people from the Westbury neighborhood and we even had guests from elsewhere in Houston! Many were repeat visitors. It’s nice to see that Westbury Community Garden’s reputation as a organic gardening destination and a spot for fun community events is growing! We were especially pleased to see At-large Council Member David Robinson and District K Council Member Larry Green and his staff in attendance. We thank them for their continued interest and support of Westbury Community Garden.
Thank you to our door prize sponsors for this event – Wabash Feed and Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Stafford. Be sure to thank them when you visit these stores. Other door prizes were provided by the garden.