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Annual Master Gardener Tomato Tasting Results - Sutter Creek
       
 Noreen Goff, UCCE Master Gardener of Amador County

Tomato taste 2016
Tomato Tasting judges and gardeners alike agreed it was a challenging year for tomato growers. Nevertheless on August 27th, judges Darius Somary from Jackson Rancheria and local radio personality Steve Muni met at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market to taste, spit, and sip their way through the dozens of entries submitted at the annual Tomato Tasting sponsored by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County.

The heaviest tomato, a Great White entered by Jim Carr of Volcano, weighed in at a whopping 26 ounces. Jim also entered a Red Brandywine at 24.7 ounces.

Usually a sweep of Sungold tomatoes, this year’s cherry tomato category reversed the usual trend with all three winners submitting different varieties. First place went to newcomer Ron McMahan of Sutter Creek with Tidy Treats, second place was awarded to Vicki Chew of Pioneer who entered her Napa Grape Hybrid, and third place went to Ed Morin of Pine Grove with a variety called Blush.   Continue reading...

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