Hendersonville Farmers Market to Celebrate Tomatoes, Saturday August 7, 2021
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The Hendersonville Farmers Market will celebrate the humble tomato this Saturday with a special Tomato Day event as the crop reaches peak season in Western North Carolina. During the regular market location and hours of 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 650 Maple Street, shoppers are invited to enjoy a day of tomato-filled fun!
Free Tomato Sammies: Half-sized tomato sandwiches will be offered free of charge while supplies last, using only the classic ingredients of bread, mayonnaise, and fresh Henderson County tomatoes. Watch the volunteer-run tomato sandwich operation in real-time in front of the Historic Train Depot.
Kid’s Corner: Tomato Beauty Pageant & Kid Yoga. Visit the Kid’s Corner to vote for a tomato in the Tomato Beauty Pageant and enter to win a prize. Also, Yoga and Massage will be leading free 20-minute Kid Yoga sessions at 10 and 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-10, mats provided.
Tommy Tomato Mascot: Can you spot Tommy Tomato, the local tomato mascot? The cheery, human-sized tomato will be happily strolling the market, dancing along to the live music, and posing for photos with shoppers.
Heirloom Tastings and Tomato Talks with Craig LeHoullier, NC Tomato Man: Craig LeHoullier, who has 105 tomato varieties growing in the backyard of his new Hendersonville home, is not just any tomato gardener. An advisor for the Seed Savers Exchange, he was credited for naming the Cherokee Purple variety in 1990! Craig authored the award-winning book Epic Tomatoes (which he will be signing and selling at the market) and was once featured on the PBS show “Growing a Greener World.” Craig will be leading Tomato Talks at his booth at the top of each hour during the market. He will also be offering tastings of several of his heirloom tomatoes.
More than 40 vendors will be at the market on Tomato Day with an expansive selection of tomatoes including slicing varieties, paste varieties, and even experimental varieties varying in color, taste, and size. Other products at the market range from locally grown produce and meat to fresh coffee, baked goods, cut flowers, plants, and artisan crafts. Shoppers can enjoy live music from local musician Myron Hyman as well as snack on the Tomato Day special from Feta Flav food truck.
Special thanks to Tomato Day Sponsor, Charlotte Sheppard, REALTOR, Keller Williams Mountain Partners, and the 2021 Hendersonville Farmers Market Presenting Sponsor Pardee UNC Health Care. Additional season sponsors include Underground Baking Co., Ingles Markets, GiveSmart, One Health Direct Primary Care, Duke Energy, Hendersonville Community Co-op, Carolina Farm Credit, and Sim’s Futon Gallery.
The Hendersonville Farmers Market is coordinated and managed by the City of Hendersonville’s Downtown Program and the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit Hendersonville Farmers Market.
Press Release submitted by: Meredith Friedheim, Downtown Events Coordinator