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Second Annual Contra Costa Master Gardener Great Tomato Plant Sale
April 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Once a year, Contra Costa Master Gardeners open their demonstration garden for a day celebrating tomatoes. Thousands of heirloom plants, representing more than 40 proven varieties from Ace to Zebra, will be on sale to get the spring planting season off to a healthy start. This year, tomatoes will be joined by a selection of artichoke, eggplants, sweet and chili peppers, and tomatillos, all selected for their success in Contra Costa home gardens â€“ from Richmond to Brentwood.
Located at the new â€œOur Garden,â€ Master Gardener demonstration site, the Great Tomato Plant Sale is an educational family event. Experts will be on hand to provide advice about plant selection, site location and preparation, planting, fertilizing, pruning, and harvesting. Â Avid gardeners can get specific questions answered and learn about strategies to minimize plant disease and maximize production.
Improving upon last yearâ€™s experience, this sale will include three times as many plants. Â In 2012, all the plants were sold out in the first three hours. Â â€œWe had a winning event last year, and weâ€™re back with more tomatoes, the addition of other vegetables, and more volunteers to make it even better,â€ says Liz Rottger, event organizer and president of the Contra Costa Master Gardeners.
Among the heirloom varieties on sale this year are:
Aunt Rubyâ€™s German Green:Â a green beefsteak with a delicious flavor
Caspian Pink: â€œQueen of the Pinks,â€ incredibly sweet and juicy fruit
Black Krim: rare Russian beefsteak with intense, slightly salty flavor
Currant Tomatoes:Â yielding hundreds of ruby-like tomatoes per plant
Hawaiian Pineapples:Â colossal 1-2 pound tomatoes with aÂ fruity, slightly pineapple taste
San Marzanos: famous Italian heirloom grown for delicious tomato sauce
Boxcar Willie: bright orange-red slicer with a rich, sweet flavor and enough acid to give it a little tanginess.
Momotaro: most popular tomato in Japan with sweet and tangy taste
SunSugar: Â orange cherry tomatoes, very flavorful and juicy
All proceeds from CCMG fundraisers are returned to the community through the staffing of the Help Desk, Speakers Bureau, Our Garden, School Gardens, Farmerâ€™s Markets and other activities. Contra Costa Master Gardener Help Desk is available for phone calls Monday â€“ Thursday, 9am to noon, (925) 646-6586.