2014 Kickoff: Saucy Saturday

January 21, 2014
2014 Kickoff:  Saucy Saturday

Tomato Independence Project Kicks Off Second Year with Saucy Saturday TVFC will announce plans for the second year of the Tomato Independence Project and its continued effort to end the tyranny of tasteless tomatoes during Saucy Saturday on February 1, 2014. The public is invited to celebrate the successful 2013 campaign and learn about 2014 events.  Last year, workshops were held, seedlings started and great tasting tomatoes harvested.  This year, the coalition will focus on tomato preservation. “We all know it’s not possible to enjoy local, fresh produce in midwinter, but it is possible to open a jar of summer sunshine to give us a taste of what’s to come,” says Amy Hutchinson, TVFC board member. Saucy Saturday will be held at Edwards Greenhouse in Boise at 2 pm. (It’s a special treat to spend a winter afternoon in the greenhouses and especially in the “pop-up park.”) The afternoon will feature tomato sauces prepared by the chefs of Bittercreek, Boise Co-Op, Café Vicino, and The Modern, using preserved local tomatoes from the 2013 harvest. In August and September, these same restaurants will feature local, fresh tomatoes on their restaurant menus as part of Tomato Independence Project (TIP) 2014. Join us Saturday, February 1 to learn more…

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Toward Tomato Independence, One Bite at a Time in 2013

November 26, 2013
Toward Tomato Independence, One Bite at a Time in 2013

It feels like winter in Idaho.  There are still a few fresh local tomatoes around, hidden away on shelves or in closets, carefully stored for one last sandwich, a final batch of fresh salsa.  But their season is past. The gardeners who jealously guard them…

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What’s on the plate for TVFC in 2014

January 7, 2014

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition announced their 2014 Tomato Independence Project work on Monday, January 6, 2014 during a gathering of chefs and local farmers.  Building on the success of the first year of the Project, the group is directing their efforts toward nutrition, processing,…

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Sowing the seeds of Tomato Independence on a national stage

December 1, 2013
Sowing the seeds of Tomato Independence on a national stage

On the heels of Barry Estabrook’s appearance culminating 2013 Tomato Independence Project activities, another nationally known food writer spoke to Boise audiences in October 2013.    The Cabin brought Ruth Reichl, former NY Times restaurant critic and Gourmet Magazine editor, to town as part of their…

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The gift that supports our work toward tomato independence

November 26, 2013
The gift that supports our work toward tomato independence

Tomato Independence Tee Shirts are all the rage.  Get yours today or order one for that special someone.  Net proceeds help to fund TVFC’s work.  Order them at:  www.tomatoindependenceproject.com p.s.  check out the cool video there.

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