Top Tomato in Floyd?

Check out the details…and bring your best on August 21st:

SustainFloyd to Host “Floyd Top Tomato” Contest  / Saturday, August 21st at Floyd Farmers Market

Do you think you grow the best-tasting tomatoes anywhere?  Put your ’maters to the test and bring them to the Floyd Farmers Market no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010 to be tasted  by a panel of local tomato aficionados and by the public for prizes in SustainFloyd’s “Floyd Top Tomato” contest.

All are welcome to enter, whether you are a market or garden grower.  However, all tomatoes must have been grown in Floyd or a contiguous county.  The judges will begin tasting at 11 a.m.  The Floyd Farmers Market is held every Saturday during the summer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Floyd Community Market pavilion downtown across from the Floyd Country Store.

The first prize for the best-tasting tomato will be a beautiful locally-made wooden cutting board.  The second prize will be a coupon to Dogtown Pizza in Floyd and the third prize will be $10 in Floyd Farmers Market Bucks to be spent at the Floyd Community Market pavilion.  There will also be a prize for the biggest tomato by weight.  Prizes will also be given for the most unusual looking tomato (a tomato resembling Abraham Lincoln, for instance) or (same category) the tomato with the best story (unusual origin of the seed, perhaps).

The news media is welcome and encouraged to cover this event.

What:    SustainFloyd hosts “Floyd Top Tomato” Contest:  Prizes given for best-tasting, largest and most unusual tomatoes

When:    Saturday, August 21, 2010 – 10 a.m. – Deadline for entering tomatoes in contest; Judging begins at 11 a.m.

Who:    Garden and market growers of tomatoes raised in Floyd County, VA & contiguous counties

Where:    Floyd Farmers Market held every Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer in the Floyd Community Market pavilion downtown across from the Floyd Country Store

Contact SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton at 540 250 0111 or

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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