2015 BEST TOMATO TASTING RESULTS ARE IN!
There were 52 entries for the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County Tomato Tasting Contest at the Sutter Creek Farmer’s market on August 22, 2015. Contestants came from Herald to Volcano, Plymouth to Jackson and towns in-between. Our many thanks go to the Amador Farmer’s Market in Sutter Creek again for featuring the event.
The largest tomato category brought in a 19 1/2 ounce “Brandywine” from Jim Carr of Volcano. Tied for largest size second place was a 15 ¾ oz. “Dr. Wyche” yellow tomato by grower Tom Jillson of Hearld, and a yellow “Brandywine” from Jim Carr.
For the cherry tomato taste category, the “Sungold” cherry has a new winner - our own Master Gardener, John Otto of Sutter Creek. Dethroned David Brubaker (Sutter Creek) was second by one point; Deb Lyons (Pine Grove) third. Noreen Goff’s “Green Grape” and Deb’s “Sweet Million” were in the running.
In the non-red taste category, first prize went to “Dr. Wysch’s” orange tomato from Tom Jillson, second place was Deb’s Japanese “Black Trifele”. Third place went to Ed Morin (Jackson) with “Evergreen” - his first entry with us. Second and third places were decided in multiple runoffs with “Green Zebra” and “Aunt Ruby’s German Green" running close behind.
The best tasting Red tomato was won by Deb Lyons with “Phoenix”. Josh Hendricks of Herald, was second with “Ace”, Deb took third with “Genuine”. “Early Girl” lost in the runoff.
Many thanks to our enthusiastic entrants, despite a crazy growing year. The large variety of cherry tomatoes entered seemed to have weathered the drought by great gardening practices. The volunteers were fantastic, along with our judges. Steve Muni of Hometown radio, Darius Somary, consultant, and Mark Berkner of Taste are to be congratulated on dealing with the number of difficult runoffs this year.
Consider growing the tomatoes mentioned for your garden next year.
Bobbie Brubaker, Master Gardener