It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

January 13, 2013
It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

On Saturday, January 12, more than 70 people gathered to officially launch the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s (TVFC) Tomato Independence Project. Despite the frigid outdoor temperatures, all could easily dream of picking fresh tomatoes right off the vine while enjoying the warmth and sun of Edwards Greenhouse. The featured tomatoes in the Tomato Independence Project were revealed at the kickoff. These tomato varieties are great for beginners, selected by our participating nurseries as must haves for gardeners in the Treasure Valley. Mortgage Lifter – perfect sandwich tomato; very large, smooth, pink-skinned, meaty fruits Early Girl – tasty fruit; firm texture and blemish resistant skin Sun Gold – exceptionally sweet orange/gold cherry tomatoes; high yields; long season Tumbling Tom Red – patio variety, bushy plant perfect for containers; produces lots of tasty, bit sized fruit Sign up for a FREE tomato seed starting class at one of our participating nurseries (see our calendar) and take your first step towards tomato independence. And what TVFC event is complete without some delicious food? Everyone enjoyed several tasty tomato dishes, thanks to Sweet Valley Organics, Susan Medlin and Anna Tapia of Tapia Family Catering for preserving the summer’s bounty. (Recipes will be posted here soon, so stay tuned.) TVFC would like to thank our nursery…

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Join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration

January 8, 2013
Join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition invites you to join us at the TIP Kickoff Celebration this weekend at Edwards Greenhouse. From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on January 12th we’ll inaugurate the beginning of the end of the tasteless tomato! We’ll be highlighting the four chosen tomato varieties that are in this year’s “TIP kits” as well as discussing our plans for the upcoming year. Come on out and enjoy some refreshments with us and learn more about this great project! Location: Edwards Greenhouse 4106 Sand Creek Street Boise  

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Tomato Independence Kicks Off

December 30, 2012
Tomato Independence Kicks Off

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition released this press release about the Tomato Independence Project today FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:  Janie Burns meadowlarkfarm@q.com 208-863-6947   Tomato Independence Project seeks to End the Tyranny of Tasteless Tomatoes   Boise, Idaho – Ending the tyranny of tasteless tomatoes is the goal of a project announced today by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition (TVFC). “Eating more locally is important, but where do you start?” said Janie Burns, local farmer and chair of the organization. “Let’s focus on a food that almost everyone loves and lots of people grow already— tomatoes. Grow more here in the summer and buy less of them from out of state when they are out of season. We are chained to the idea of a tomato on our plate every day of the year, even if it tastes likes red cardboard.  Let’s be more tomato independent!” Nearly 90% of all the tomatoes eaten in the Treasure Valley are imported from California and Mexico. Every day the equivalent of three tractor trailer loads of fresh tomatoes make their way into the valley even in August when local vines are groaning with juicy tomatoes. About $15 million leaves the Treasure Valley…

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What does a flour mill look like?

November 12, 2012
What does a flour mill look like?

Just a few months ago, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition initiated the Wheat Conversations, an opportunity for anyone interested in rebuilding the regional grain economy.  The monthly meetings brought artisan bakers, farmers, and eaters together to talk about a range of topics from grain varieties to the bread ovens. On November 5, 2012, a few participants visited one of the Pacific Northwest’s newest flour mills in Eugene.  Local organic farmer Beth Rasgorshek of Canyon Bounty Farm provided this report: Camas Country Mill     Yes, this is what a flour mill looks like all by itself !

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Introducing the Tomato Independence Project

November 12, 2012
Introducing the Tomato Independence Project

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is proud to announce our upcoming project for 2013-2014, the Tomato Independence Project (TIP). After the Year of Idaho Food, we wanted to find a tangible way for people to participate in growing the local food economy in the Treasure Valley. When researching what it will take to meet our goal of having 20% of our food consumption be local by 2020, we found that the average American eats over 90 pounds of tomatoes per year. That’s a lot of tomatoes! And nothing tastes better than a tomato fresh from the garden in the summer, and nothing worse than a rock hard tomato in January… We’ve decided to make it our goal to have as many people as possible grow and/or eat local, fresh tomatoes in 2013. To start things off, we’re going to partner with local nurseries to provide “TIP kits” to anyone who wants to participate. These kits will contain things like seeds, growing instructions, the TIP logo, etc. Please check back in December for a list of participating retailers. We also hope to have taste testing events, seminars on caring for your plants, and local restaurants featuring local tomatoes. How to Participate:…

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