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Tomato tasting in the Panhandle

Posted by aka_peggy Central Md 6b (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 10, 08 at 8:39

Someone recently posted this on the tomato forum;

The Garden Exchange Group and the Garden Committee of the Friends of Peter Burr, Inc. invite you to participate in a program about tomato growing and a tasting of the tomatoes from our gardens on Saturday, August 16, 2008, at the Peter Burr House and Farm, Bardane, WV. The morning will begin at 9 AM with refreshments, and the program will begin around 9:30 AM with a discussion on tomato culture, followed by the tasting session and an opportunity to vote for the favorite tomatoes. There will be a guided tour of the Jane Burr Kitchen Garden, a recreation of typical 18th Century herb and vegetable plantings, following the tasting. Please bring a lawn chair,and if you have any unusual or tasty tomatoes, please bring 3-4 of them for the tasting.
The Peter Burr House, the oldest standing wood frame house in WV, ca.1751, is situated on the remaining acreage of the original 800+ acre Burr family farm. It is being restored to its 18th Century appearance by a group of volunteers, who are also interested in presenting to the public the story of what early agriculture and gardening practices were in early western Virginia.
The Peter Burr Farm is located at the end of East Burr Boulevard,just off the Charles Town Road (old route #9) 4 miles north of Ranson, WV. To get there:
Turn off Charles Town Road at the tall Shamrock Lighting Sign, onto East Burr Boulevard, go through the Burr Business Park, and park in the Hamilton Building parking lot or in the grass field, just before the farm. You will need to walk in from there because of a recent change to our driveway. Questions? Please email or call 304.535.6825 before Saturday the 16th.

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RE: Tomato tasting in the Panhandle

Hi, everyone~
That was me--I did it! Thanks Peggy, for posting it here. The Tomato Tasting was successful and good fun, so we are planning to repeat it next year. There were 51 people who came, the speakers were good, and we had over 40 tomatoes to taste. As the organizer, I was so busy that I didn't get a chance to count them, but we ran out of the foam plates and I'd bought a pack of 40. The table was so full that I only had room for my 'Mr. Stripey'and 'Green Zebra', so the other 4 kinds stayed in their basket--a disapointment, but they were donated later to the local food pantry with the uncut tomatoes. We voted on the "best tasting" varieties in 4 categories plus favorite over-all. If anyone wants the results, they can e-mail me at for the wrap-up. I hope that I remember to invite everyone next year, but if I don't please remind me...

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