The Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Farm, one of the most popular events organized by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, will take place on August 26, 2015 (rain or shine) and will offer more than ever to experience and enjoy.
Starting with the actual tomato tasting, this year there will be more than 60 heirloom and hybrid varieties of beefsteak, plum, cherry, and grape tomatoes to sample. Other produce, as well as varieties of basil and honey, will be available.
Activities will include a chef’s cooking demonstration and tasting, guided educational wagon tours of the farm’s research plots, visits to the farm’s gardens with opportunities to ask questions and get answers, insect displays, information booths on various foods grown in the Garden State, and much more.
One highlight will be the Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden which showcases demonstration plots of deer tolerant ornamentals; ethnic greens; blueberries, hazelnuts, dogwoods, and hollies from the Rutgers breeding programs; a turf labyrinth; an “apple wall” featuring the Experiment Station Tree Fruit Breeding Program for home orchards; and fun family farm photo opportunities. New this year will be a “sunflower pyramid,” a display of various varieties of sunflowers of different heights and sizes that form a living pyramid.
Rutgers faculty and staff and Rutgers Master Gardeners, whose hard work preparing for this popular event makes it possible, will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Admission is $7 for visitors 10 years of age and older, payable at the door (cash or check only). Children under 10 years are free. Service dogs are allowed on the farm grounds, but no other animals, please. For more information, call 908-730-9419, extension 3501. Please be sure to register well in advance.