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4th Annual Tomadah Paradah Set for Aug. 17

WC and Swindler's Growing 230 Varieties of Tomatoes

June 24, 2013

Featured is a sampling of tomatoes from a previous year's

Featured is a sampling of tomatoes from a previous year's "Parade of Tomatoes."

Wilmington College and Swindler & Sons Garden Center are growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes in preparation for the fourth annual Tomadah Paradah (“Parade of Tomatoes”) Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at WC’s farm on Fife Ave.

The increasingly popular event features everything centered upon the favorite summer fruit: viewing, tasting, contests, recipes, trivia and folklore.

The event is co-sponsored by Swindler’s and WC’s Agriculture Department to highlight locally grown produce and the agricultural marvel that is the tomato.

Last year, some 300 tomato lovers attended the event, which included prizes for the heaviest tomato (a 2.525-pound German Strawberry variety), best tomato salsa recipe and best cherry tomato.

Depending on the year’s growing conditions, the College’s crops have yielded as much as 6,600 pounds of tomatoes, most of which it shared with local food pantries.

Details on this year’s contests will be forthcoming.