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I had great fun chatting about tomatoes last Sunday at this year’s TOMATOMANIA!® event at the Tapia Brothers location in Encino. “Mania” is truly the word, with some 5,000 people joyfully purchasing some 18,000 tomato plants in some 275 varieties over the three-day event. A “pop-up” selling of more plants will continue at Tapia’s through April 4, open every day from 9am-5pm. And more full-blown sales will continue at another 8 Southern California locations through April 6 (and then 2 Northern California locations through April 30). For specific dates and locations, see www.tomatomania.com.
What a wealth of choices of varieties to suit everyone’s tastes (literally!) and gardening spaces and skills. Each variety was accompanied by helpful information cards. Loving to “talk tomatoes” were Tomatomania inventor Scott Daigre, long-time colleagues Laura Moore, Steve Gerischer and Sam Hamann; and Master Gardeners Andy Vaughn and Rich Untal.
I asked each of them for their favorite varieties and new ones they’re trying this year. Here’s their listing:
All Black From Tula
Black and Brown Boar
Brandy Boy (cross between Better Boy size and Brandywine flavor)
4th of July
Italian Paste (paste, huge and meaty)
Orange Paruske Cherry
Persimmon (less acid; complex)
Pink Ping Pong
San Marzano (paste, heavy producer)
Spoon (tiny, great for kids)
Sunrise Bumblebee (like Sungold but oblong and bigger)
New Ones They’ll Try This Year
Copper River (a foody favorite - big, brown-purple skin, green flesh with copper “river” center)
Green Doctor’s Frosted
Green Zebra Cherry
MANIA ABOUT TOMATOES
6/20/2021 12:18:38 am
There was a wealth of tomato varieties to choose from at this event! A very useful event for farmers!
6/20/2021 11:48:02 am
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