2016 Massachusetts Tomato Contest Draws 88 Entries

Farmers from Sharon, N. Easton, Tewksbury, Holliston and Pepperell take top honors
at 32nd annual event

BOSTON – August 24, 2016 – Massachusetts environmental officials joined tomato
farmers from across the state today at the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for the
Commonwealth’s 31st Annual Tomato Contest. Designed to increase awareness of locally
grown produce, this year’s contest drew 88 entries from 16 farms.

After the entries were judged by a panel of food writers, chefs, produce experts and
state officials on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape,
Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux announced that
the top prizes went to farmers from Sharon, N. Easton, Tewksbury, Holliston and
Pepperell.

«The Tomato Contest is a great, fun tradition that helps strengthen consumers’
awareness of Massachusetts-grown produce,» said Secretary of Energy and
Environmental Affairs (EEA) Matthew Beaton. «Despite facing challenges due to the
ongoing drought conditions, Massachusetts farmers are still growing high-quality
produce, as shown by the outstanding tomatoes entered in today’s competition. I
encourage all Massachusetts residents to support their local farmers by buying
locally grown food products.»

«The annual Tomato Contest is a great opportunity to celebrate our growers from
across the Commonwealth,» said DAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. «Our farmers and food
producers grow the highest quality products and today were able to showcase some of
their most flavorful, plump and tender tomatoes right off the vine.»

In addition to the presentation of awards, today’s Tomato Contest included a Healthy
Cooking Demonstration by UMass Extension, tomato tasting and information on
nutrition and local farms. The contest is sponsored by DAR, the New England
Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers’ Markets and was hosted by
the Boston Public Market Association and Trustees of Reservations.

«This tomato contest is a great opportunity to showcase farmers from across the
Commonwealth who produce nutritious and local food all season long,» said Senator
Joseph A. Boncore (D-East Boston). «The contest is also a great way to support our
hard working farmers, while highlighting the versatility of the KITCHEN in the
Boston Public Market.

«We are thrilled to host the Annual Tomato Contest for the second time at the Boston
Public Market,» said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market. «The Market was
developed to support our region’s agriculture and give local farmers more
opportunity to reach the Boston audience and showcase their beautiful produce. Our
mission is to provide healthy food to our community and educate the public about
food sources and nutrition — this tomato contest is a great example of the
programming that we offer our customers each day at the Boston Public Market.»

«We are excited to hold MDAR’s Annual Tomato Contest again this year in The KITCHEN
at the Boston Public Market. As a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, The
Trustees educates Massachusetts residents and visitors about the benefits of eating
seasonal food, supporting local agriculture and promoting healthy living,» said
Lieza Dagher, Trustees’ Program Director of The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market.
«We are delighted to partner with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural
Resources to showcase to our community in downtown Boston the diversity of flavor,
color, shape and size of tomatoes grown by farmers across the Commonwealth.»

Of the more than 7,700 farms in Massachusetts, 759 annually produce more than 9.2
million pounds of tomatoes on 685 acres with a value of approximately $12 million.
Consumers can find farmers’ markets, farm stands and other opportunities to buy
local here.

Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners, 2016

Slicing Category
Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

Ward’s Berry Farm

Sharon

Black Velvet

2

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

BHN 1021

3

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

BHN 589

4

East Street Farm

Tewksbury

Rocky Top

5

East Street Farm

Tewksbury

BHN 589

6

Ward’s Berry Farm

Sharon

BHN 589

7

C & C Reading Farm

Bryantville

Big Beef

8

Brox Farm

Dracut

BHN 589

9

Farmer Daves

Dracut

BHN 589

10

Farmer Daves

Dracut

Rocky Top

Cherry Category
Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

Sungold

2

East Street Farm

Tewksbury

Tumbling Tom Red

3

Ward’s Berry Farm

Sharon

Sungold

4

Stillman’s Farm

New Braintree

Black Cherry

5

C & C Reading Farm

Bryantville

Sunsugar

6

Farmer Daves

Dracut

Sungold

7

Brox Farm

Dracut

Green Tiger

8

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

Sunpeach

9

Still Life Farm

Hardwick

Pink Tiger

10

Still Life Farm

Hardwick

Sun Sugar

Heirloom Category
Place

Farm Name

Town

Variety

1

MacArthur Farm

Holliston

Yellow Brandywine

2

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Mortgage Lifter

3

Ward’s Berry Farm

Sharon

Striped German

4

Five College Farms

Hadley

Cherokee Purple

5

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Cherokee Purple

6

Five College Farms

Hadley

Striped German

7

Five College Farms

Hadley

German Johnson

8

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

German Johnson

9

Sienna Farms

Sudbury

Striped German

10

Harper’s Farm & Garden

Lancaster

Arkansas Traveler

Heaviest Category
Weight

Farm Name

Town

Variety

Weight

2.68

Kimball Fruit Farm

Pepperell

Mexico

2.68

2.45

Langwater Farm

N. Easton

Striped German

2.45

2.26

Ward’s Berry Farm

Sharon

Striped German

2.26

1.97

Harper’s Farm & Garden

Lancaster

Brandywine

1.97

1.83

Red Fire Farm

Granby

Striped German

1.83

1.77

Ladybug Farm

Hubbardston

Oxheart

1.77

1.72

East Street Farm

Tewksbury

Amana Orange

1.72

1.68

Brox Farm

Dracut

Amana Orange

1.68

1.64

Farmer Daves

Dracut

Striped German

1.64

1.36

Five College Farms

Hadley

Striped German

1.36