Heirloom TomatoFest 2012
Heirloom Tomato Tasting
Tomato Art Silent Auction (to benefit our Global Water Issues projects)
additional artwork coming soon
Derek Guyer Ashley Miller Dacia Shoemaker David Jones Reagan Barnum
Community Art Mural painted on Need More Acres Barn
Local Food Tent Sponsored by:
The story of the 2011 Heirloom Tomato (Tornado) Fest!
On July 21, 2011 what started as a simple collection of Heirloom Tomatoes and an invitation to our family, friends and loyal customers turned into a story we will be telling for years. Nathan had hoped to host a tomato fest for years and the time had finally come. We spread the word, cleaned up the farm and waited for the big day to arrive. Friends from Community Farmers Market arrived early to help us prepare for the event and we set out tents, seating, and lots of good food. About an hour before the event a sudden storm decided to be our first guest and in minutes it was gone. What was left in its place was fallen trees, blown down tomato plants, destroyed tents and scattered utensils! Huge fallen trees were blocking the path of our guests so believing that the Tomato Fest was over we set in on cleaning up and settling in for the evening. But. Moments later someone said, "come out front...you won't believe this". Looking down the road there was a row of cars that reminded us of the Field of Dreams movie! Neighbors, fellow farmers and customers had cleared the way and we welcomed nearly 200 people onto our farm. It was a mess, we had to scrounge for new eating utensils, and the electricity was out all evening! What we gained was true community and support from everyone who has always cared so much for our family. We will never forget Tomato "tornado" Fest 2011 and look forward to 2012 (think we'll skip the tornado this year!).