Our friends at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market have alerted us that they will host their annual Peak of Summer Tomato Festival on Sunday, September 2, 2007 during the normal market hours (8:00am-1:00pm). This annual event celebrates the incredible bounty of tomatoes available during the summer season at the market. It is free and open to the public.
The quintessential summertime fruit (or vegetable depending on your school of thought) in the market is the tomato. Available in a rainbow of colors far beyond the stereotypical red, the 30-plus varieties of tomatoes color the market with their pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, and even black and white hues. Each summer, the market’s farmers grow old favorites and new varieties of tomatoes, each with their own unique flavor and texture. In 2007, customers can expect to see varieties including Cherokee, Jubilee, Evergreen, Early Girls, Better Boy, Gold Medal, Persimmon, Black Krim, Great White, White Beauty, Marianna’s Peace, Earl of Edgecombe, Pineapple, and Green Zebra.
As an educational opportunity for Hollywood Farmers’ Market customers, free samples of each of the tomato varieties will be available for sampling from 9:00am until noon. Food justice activist Bryant Terry will prepare a tomato-based recipe from 9:00am until 11:00am, and will sign copies of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, which he coauthored with Anna Lappé.
From 11:00am until 1:00pm, Chris Tunnell, Executive Chef of Ketchup, will present a cooking demonstration. Recipes and information on the art of preserving and canning tomatoes will also be readily available.
The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is located on Ivar and Selma Avenues between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards every Sunday from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Limited free parking is available at 1623 N. Vine Street in the Doolittle Theatre parking lot. Parking is also available at the Arclight/Cinerama Dome parking structure at Sunset & Ivar (first hour is free with market validation).
The Market is operated by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) as a nonprofit community activity.
For more information on heirloom tomatoes, including what makes an heirloom an heirloom, you might also enjoy this article on the San Francisco Gate.