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Make a Mr. or Mrs. Tomato Head

During Tomato Day Saturday, August 18th at Easton Farmers’ Market

Tomato Day at Easton Farmers’ Market always promises buckets of fresh, locally-grown tomatoes and a bevy of delicious tomato treats. But this year, there’s an unusual twist.

Market organizers are taking a page out of the Zucchini 500 playbook and encouraging kids to play with their veggies. Power of Produce (POP) kids’ club members can sign up to make their own Mr. or Mrs. Tomato Head. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. and participants will have access to craft supplies and veggie parts, but are encouraged to bring their own accessories as well. Three prizes will be awarded for Funniest, Most Glamorous and Most Organic. Winners will receive an EFM t-shirt and $10 in market tokens. POP members who participate will also earn $3 in POP bucks to buy fresh fruits and veggies at the market. Kids who haven’t signed up for the market’s free POP Club yet are still welcome to do so. Just visit the Info Tent at the market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays.

All the scraps from the contest will be disposed of through the Easton Compost Program, which launched in July. Participants who wish to sign up for the year-round, residential Easton Compost Program can do so at any time – either at the Info Tent at the market on Saturdays or at the Highmark Farmstand in the Easton Public Market on non-market days.

The other highlight of the day will be the Heirloom Tomato Tasting and Seed Exchange. Guests can sample more than a dozen heirloom tomatoes and get free seeds. Market visitors can also learn tomato growing tips from PA Master Gardener Sophia Feller.

EFM vendors will get into the spirit of Tomato Day, offering a variety of tomato treats to enjoy at the market and to take home.

  • Sycamore Grille will have those can’t-miss Fried Green Tomatoes.
  • Tomblers Bakery will have a tomato cheese pie, tomato quiche and a tomato, beef and bean pastie.
  • Farmers throughout the market will be offering bulk specials on tomatoes for canning.
  • Chef Ada will host a cooking demo called How to Use Tomatoes Now and Later. Learn the right way to roast tomatoes and how to preserve the summer flavor through sauce and salsas.
  • Kids will also be able to play a round of tomato mini golf.

Market visitors can also enjoy live music by Friends of Tom, local libations from ShawneeCraft Brewing Company and a bloody mary bar featuring Eight Oaks Craft Distillery.

To learn more about Easton Farmers’ Market, its vendors, programs and events, please visit eastonfarmersmarket.com.

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