Treasure Valley Tomato Tasting – 2013 Winners

September 27, 2013
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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Two Food Writers Coming to Boise this October

September 1, 2013
Two Food Writers Coming to Boise this October

October will be a busy month for fans of local food in the Treasure Valley. First, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition will be hosting Barry Estabrook at Boise State University on October 1st. Estabrook is the author of the book Tomatoland, which provides a controversial look at the U.S.’s modern industrial production of the tomato. This event is the culmination of the first year of the Tomato Independence Project, and admission is free.     Second, The Cabin will be hosting six time James Beard Award winner Ruth Reichl at the Morrison Center on October 16th. Reichl, whose resume includes accomplishments like food critic for the New York Times and L.A. Times, author of multiple books, and host of Eating Out Loud on the Food Network, will be featured as part of The Cabin’s 2013-2014 Readings and Conversations. Tickets are available through the Morrison Center.   Please plan on joining us for these two great events, and thank you for continuing to support our work toward a vibrant local food economy!

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Join us for Tomato Tuesdays

August 3, 2013
Tomato Plant

  Starting August 6th, we’ll be hosting (with our community partners) a tomato-themed event every Tuesday through the end of September. Descriptions of each event are below, and we’d love to have you join us!   We’d also like to say thank you to the Boise Co-op for being the Tomato Tuesday season sponsor this year!     Aug 6: Tomato Canning Class at North End Organic Nursery (6 pm) Want to preserve that great peak season flavor that only local tomatoes provide? Not sure where to start or how to do it safely? Join us at the North End Organic Nursery to learn how! Space is limited. RSVP to treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com. Aug 13: Salsa Festival at North End Organic Nursery (4 – 8 pm) Join us for a celebration of local tomatoes in the form of delicious SALSA! Lots of events throughout the afternoon: 
Salsa making class at 5 pm;  Salsa canning class at 6 pm; Salsa competition judging at 7 pm. Throughout the festival:
 Kids activities and bounce house; Local Beer and Live Music; Food. Enter your salsa into the competition and win prizes! Contest for amateur and professionally made tomato salsas. Contact NEON at 208-389-4769 x 301 or info@northendnursery.com…

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Tomato Tuesdays are Here!

July 26, 2013
Tomato Tuesdays are Here!

We are excited to celebrate the peak of this tomato season with Tomato Tuesdays. Starting August 6th TVFC and our community partners will be hosting fun tomato-themed events that are centered around local tomatoes. Be sure to add these dates to your calendar and keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more information as we get closer. We would also like to thank the Boise Co-op for being the season sponsor of all of the Tomato Tuesdays!      

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“Organic Gems” Farm Dinner and Bus Tour

June 7, 2013
“Organic Gems” Farm Dinner and Bus Tour

TVFC and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides are pleased to offer ”Organic Gems.” Join us for a celebration of Idaho Organic Week (June 23 – 29) with a tour of two organic farms in Gem County (located north of Boise). We will conclude with a delicious meal featuring local foods from Sweet Valley Organics and other Idaho farms. For a sneak peak of the tour, see this video of Sweet Valley Organics. Tickets HERE. Questions? Contact treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com or 208-850-6504.

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