Helen and Peggy presiding over the tasting.

Helen and Peggy presiding over the tasting.

This past Monday, I got to volunteer with two of my favorite women: Helen Krayerhoff and Peggy Kass of Kassenhoff Growers. For the fifth Labor Day in a row, Helen and Peggy hosted a tomato tasting for the community, particularly those who have bought tomato seedlings from their stand. Their farm is located near the Alameda Naval Base. We were treated to some gorgeous cool weather with enough cloud cover to make guests comfortable for the afternoon. People came with all manner of snacks for participants to eat after sampling the wide array of tomatoes.

Fall seedlings

Fall seedlings

People who have bought seedlings are invited to bring their own tomatoes to be tasted. This is a great opportunity to see what tomatoes you want to plant next year and where the fruits are thriving versus where they are struggling. Well over 50 varieties of tomatoes were laid out to be tasted.

I said WELL over 50 varieties!

I said WELL over 50 varieties!

I was part of a group of six volunteers who were tasked with helping to set up and label trays of tomatoes as well as cutting up all 50+ varieties to be tasted by 60 or so people. Helen and Peggy, beloved by their customers and my fellow volunteers, were delighted to be able to support such a great community event. Once we had the table set and the tomatoes all cut, volunteers staffed the registration table.

Upon arriving, guests were given a list of all of the varieties to taste. You could write down what you liked or didn’t like about a particular variety, and at the end of the line you could vote for your top three favorite tomatoes.

My favorites were the:

Sweet and meaty!

Sweet and meaty!

 

Like tomato candy!

Like tomato candy!

 

Voted the favorite of the tasters!

Voted the favorite of the tasters!

 

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