Concord-based Macone Farm, Granby-based Red Fire Farm and Kimball Fruit Farm, Pepperell, took top honors at the Commonwealth of Massachusettsâ 25th Annual Tomato Festival Aug. 17 in Boston.
Courtesy Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources
A judge grades various varieties of tomatoes at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' 25th Annual Tomato Festival Aug. 17 in Boston.
Macone Farm captured first place in the slicing category with its orange blossom variety, according to a news release from the commonwealthâs executive office of energy and environmental affairs. Volante Farms, Needham, and Wardâs Berry Farm, Sharon, finished second and third respectively in that category.
In the cherry category, Red Fire Farm won with its sungold variety, while Freitas Farm, Middleboro, finished runner-up and Connors Farm, Danvers, placed third, according to the release.
Kimball Fruit Farm won in the heaviest category with its big raspberry variety, ahead of Verrill Farm, Concord, in second and Red Fire Farm third, according to the release.
Macone Farm also won for best heirloom, capturing first with its Macone Farm non-a variety, according to the release. Verrill Farm was second and Farmer Daveâs at Brox Farm, Dracut, was third.
The festivalâs tomato contest drew 72 entries, despite enduring a year of challenging weather for growers.
â This year we have seen some very unusual weather patterns which have certainly had an impact on this seasonâs tomato crop,â Scott Soares, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural resources commissioner, said in the release. âBut we are also still seeing a good supply of healthy tomatoes that made for a stiff competition at this yearâs tomato contest.â
In addition to the contest, the tomato festival included tomato tastings, recipes and information on nutrition and local farms.