Tomato Independence Project

TVFC Supporter Survey

January 30, 2015
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TVFC Supporter Survey

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition, a 501 (c) 3 corporation, works with diverse community partners to improve the resiliency, integrity, and economic vitality of the region’s food system. We’ve been bringing you events since 2010 and would like to find out more about you, our supporters, to help us chart our course into 2015. Thank you for participating in our survey; your feedback is important. The information provided will kept confidential, neither your name or any identifying information will be used with the data. At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to provide contact information if you would like to be entered into a drawing for a gift package. Take the survey : TVFC Supporter Survey

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Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents the Tomato Independence Project

December 19, 2014
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TIP“The tomato is a clear example of the benefits of locally grown food. When they’re grown for flavor, rather than travel, you can taste the difference,” as stated by producer Arlie Sommers.  Throughout the summer, Arlie has beautifully documented all the events hosted by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Tomato Independence Project by photography and video productions.   We are proud to share this video Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents the Tomato Independence Project.  We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s events and look forward to another great year in 2015!

 

Zone 4 article about our Tomato Independence Project.

December 16, 2014
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Zone 4 article about our Tomato Independence Project.

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Tomato Independence Project Gift Ideas for the Gardeners in your life

November 11, 2014
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Tomato Independence Project Gift Ideas for the Gardeners in your life

Are you looking for a  stylish gift idea for the gardener in your life?  This is a great way for them to  show their love for homegrown tomatoes (and locally grown food) with this 100% ring-spun organic cotton t-shirt. Soft to the touch and stylish as all get out, it arrives pre-shrunk and ready to wear. Choose from black or gray and men’s and women’s fits are also available. All net proceeds benefit the Tomato Independence Project, so they can feel good while looking good.  T-shirts are $29.99 with shipping and handling,  be sure to enter “GIFT20″ for a 20% discount on your gift purchase which brings your price down to $23.99.  Contact us at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com  to purchase your shirts. We also have a very limited amount of these Tomato Independence Project hats available for purchase for $20.00 Please submit an email to treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com to order your hat before they are gone!

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THE GARDEN TABLE featuring tomatoes

July 24, 2014
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THE GARDEN TABLE featuring tomatoes

As part of our Tomato Tuesday’s and more events, TVFC is proud to announce this upcoming event hosted by the Idaho Botanical Gardens and the Tomato Independence Project.  Once a month, the Garden invites vintners, chefs, and musicians, to showcase Idaho fruits and labor. Grab a glass or bottle of wine to share with friends, sit in on a garden cooking demonstration, or find a shady spot to enjoy local musicians at their best.  This month the Idaho Botanical Gardens will be featuring tomatoes!  The cooking demonstration will feature Bruschetta prepared by the Chef  Bel Cibo at 6:30pm.   Wine from Indian Creek Winery and 3 Girls Catering will provide food for purchase.  Admission for this event is Adults: $7, Youth (5-12 ): $5, Child (4 & Younger): Free, and Garden Members: Free.  Please join us Tuesday, July 29th at the Idaho Botanical Gardens from 5:30-8:30 and together we will end the Tyranny of the Tasteless Tomato!

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Tomato Talk at the Boise Farmers Market

July 9, 2014
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Tomato Talk at the Boise Farmers Market

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is pleased to announce that we will be hosting another Tomato Talk at the Boise Farmers Market Saturday, July 12th.  As part of our Tomato Independence Project, our vision  is to give local gardeners a chance to talk with other (more experienced) local gardeners and get questions answered about problems they are experiencing, specifically with tomatoes.  Our tomato team  kept busy answering questions and talking all things tomatoes  Saturday June 14th at the farmers market. If you missed us last month or new problems have developed and you are looking for answers, you are growing your own and are running into problems or just don’t know what to expect, stop by the Boise Farmers Market on Saturday July 12 between 9 am and 1 pm and talk to our tomato team. Feel free to bring a photo or a sample from your problem plant. See you at the Market and together we will end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato!

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Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

June 8, 2014
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Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is excited to announce its partnerships with the Boise Farmers Market,North End Organic Nursery, Edwards Greenhouse, Franz Witte, and the Idaho Botanical Gardens with the Tomato Tuesday & More calendar of events.  Throughout the summer you will have the chance to enjoy tomato dishes and drinks, attend classes, and visit with local gardeners about tomatoes.  Some TIP events will include a tomato tasting; salsa festival; bloody mary tasting; and classes on seed saving, tomato preservation, and tomato sauce preparation.  We are excited about these upcoming events and hope you enjoy as we all  ”end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato”.  

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Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus Announced

April 19, 2014
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Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus Announced

Support local farms and restaurants during the height of this year’s tomato harvest season! The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is excited to announce its partnership with local farms and restaurants with our tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday menus.  Each week for five weeks you will have the chance to enjoy tomato dishes, drinks and samples featuring tomatoes from local farms at locally owned establishments.  Other TIP events will include a tomato tasting; salsa festival; bloody mary tasting; and classes on seed saving, tomato preservation, and tomato sauce preparation.  We are excited about these upcoming events and hope you enjoy as we all  ”end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato”. August 19 – 26 Bardenay featuring Idaho’s Bounty August 26 – September 2 Cafe Vicino featuring True Roots Organics September 2 – 9 Bittercreek featuring Peaceful Belly Farm September 9 Tomato Tailgate Food Truck Rally at North End Organic Nursery September 9 – 16 Modern Hotel & Bar featuring Next Generation Organics September 16 – 23 Bar Gernika and Basque Market featuring Global Gardens August 19 – September 23 Boise Co-op will feature samples from local farms Check out the Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus in this Boise Weekly article “Tomato Independence Project Expands in Its Second…

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2014 Kickoff: Saucy Saturday

January 21, 2014
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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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Treasure Valley Tomato Tasting – 2013 Winners

September 27, 2013
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Treasure Valley Tomato Tasting – 2013 Winners

On September 17th Treasure Valley residents brought the best and brightest tomatoes from their gardens to Edwards Greenhouse in Boise. Their goal: to find the best tomato variety in the valley. With over 100 varieties represented, the competition was fierce. But after thorough tasting, the victors were officially announced: The Sweetest —– Sungold The Tangiest —– Bosnian The Prettiest —– Hillbilly Potatoleaf The Weirdest —– A three way tie between: Green Zebra  German Striped Stuffer Cherokee Purple  Best Cherry/Grape Variety —– Sungold Best Paste/Roma Variety —– San Marzano Best Slicing Variety —– A four way tie between: Black Krim Hillbilly Potatoleaf Russian Rose Virginia Sweets The Most Tomato Varieties Grown —– 28 varieties: Basque Kelloggs Breakfast Siletz Black Cherry Mama Leone Steak Sandwich Boxcar Willy Martinos Roma Stupice Costoluto Genovese Matt’s Wild Cherry Sugary Early Wonder Mortgage Lifter Sungold Fireworks Pantano Romanesco Thai Pink Egg Flamme Paul Robeson Virginia Sweets Gardeners Delight Principe Borghese Wisconsin 55 German Giant Russian Rose Golden Currant Snow White The Treasure Valley Food Coalition would like to thank Casey O’Leary, Edwards Greenhouse, and all of our great volunteers for making this year’s tomato tasting such a success!

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