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Tomato Fest 2017

Saturday - August 19

Noon - 5:00 pm


 Tickets are only $10!
~ Walk ups welcome ~

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Event will be held at: Michigan Heirlooms

 209 E Wardlow Road, Highland, MI 48356
Rain or Shine!

A celebration of America's favorite fruit - THE TOMATO!

Join us in celebrating our passion for growing, nurturing and enjoying the flavors of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and everything associated with the garden.

VENDORS, MUSIC, COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS featuring various dishes from ingredients straight from the garden, SEMINARS on various topics, GREENHOUSE and GARDEN TOURS and of course, TOMATO TASTING - featuring dozens of varieties including old standards, heirlooms, and everything in between!

There will also be a RAFFLE drawings and a TOMATO CONTEST with categories for 'Largest tomato', 'Odd Duck' and 'Most Fruit per Single Cluster'. 

Do you grow a special variety or have something that does exceedingly well in your garden? WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BRING IT ALONG - even if it's a single fruit!

Spend the day learning, eating and socializing with like-minded folks who share the same passion as you - growing your own food! Gardeners - the greatest people on earth!

Event will be held at Michigan Heirlooms - rain or shine!

11: 45 am : DOORS OPEN

12:30  pm : COOKING DEMONSTRATION - Tomato Jam and Basic Marinara with Katelyn Dudley

1:30 pm - COOKING DEMONSTRATION - Chef Andy Stewart of Fustini's will be preparing a special dish featuring fresh caught Walleye and heirloom tomatoes.

2:30 pm : GARDEN SEMINAR - Seeds and Stories with BEN COHEN

3:30 pm: COOKING DEMONSTRATION - Take your Peppers and Stuff 'me with Vicky Taws


ALL DAY : Vendors, Tomato-Tasting, BBQ vendor, Music, Garden Tours and the best part ... socializing with the best people on earth - gardeners!

BRING YOUR CHAIRS and BLANKETS! This is a festival and as such it is a very relaxed atmosphere! Whatever you need to make yourselves comfortable, feel free to bring it along!

PARKING: There is ample parking in front of the house and the next door neighbor (to the immediate east - the other side of the white vinyl fence) has graciously offered their driveway / property as well. PLEASE NOTE: there is NO PARKING in front of the house (BEYOND THE CIRCLE DRIVE). You can use it as a drop-off / pick-up, but NO PARKING - even short-term.

- I love my Pug, but, please leave all fur-family members at home. KIDS: Being situated next to the railroad tracks and having a large open field immediately behind the house, please, please watch your small children closely!
Join in the sharing - BRING YOUR OWN TOMATOES / PEPPERS from your garden! Doesn't matter if it's one or twenty!

PARKING / HANDICAP ACCESS - The circle portion of the driveway, closest to the front of the house will remain open and accessible for drop off / pick up. As such, there will be no parking allowed in this area.

BEVERAGES & FOOD - Water and ice tea will be available throughout the day. Feel free to BYOBoC (Bring Your Own Beverage of Choice). *** Bottled water and soda will also be available for a small charge.

Pit Boss Michael will be offering an amazing selection of smoked meats along with sides for the nominal charge of $8.00 per plate which includes the choice of one meat and two sides. Additional sides available for $1 each. You will not want to miss out on this - trust me! (Shown below - Brisket with Cornbread and 3 sides)

TomatoFest T-shirt (white)

ONLY $15 & $17


Get your Commemorative 2017 Tomato Fest T-shirt at the event!

These quality tees are 100% cotton, pre-shrunk and are 'vintage-styled', which is a cross between the standard box cut and form-fitting.

ORDER your t-shirts now, pick up at Tomato Fest.

Quickly becoming a cult classic, shirts sold out in 2015. Every years designs is unique and only available at the event. Once the event is over - the shirts will be unavailable.

"Seeds and Stories with Ben Cohen" of Small House Farm

Ben's enthusiasm for saving and sharing seed is infectious. He is a true seed steward and I am proud to call him my friend. Learn why seeds are for more than just growing food, they are our connection to the past as well as our future. Hear exciting tales of seed adventures and the connections they create - to both the earth and to each other.

Ben, along with his wife Heather, will also have a table set up in the vendor area where they will have their award-winning cold pressed hemp oil available for purchase along with many other neat items! Be sure to check out their website!


Walleye and Heirloom Tomatoes with Chef Andy Stewart, Fustini's Corporate Chef
"With 30 years in the restaurant business, Chef Andy brings a vast and unique knowledge to Fustini's School of Cooking. From his early days in kitchens to many years at the highest levels of management, he's found the best mix of everything at Fustini's. When he's not busy running all aspects of planning and managing our kitchens, you'll find him doing what he loves most--being creative with food and working with and teaching others. "


Vicky & her husband purchased their farm in Big Bone, Kentucky in 1986 where they raised their boys and a garden. Once the boys were grown, Vicky transferred her love of family and gardening to market farming and for the last 20 years has fed her community farm fresh produce.

Her list of accomplishments is long and varied. Member of OAK, OEFFA & Slow Food Cincinnati where in 2014, the Snail of Approval, Slow Food, Farm of the Year was awarded to them. In 2016, she started The Ohio Valley Seed Swap and continues to produce farm fresh produce that they sell at their farm stand - Thistlehair Farm.

Vicky will share her love of cooking by showing us the many different methods and ingredients you can stuff peppers with.

"TOMATO JAM" with Katelyn Dudley of Selden Standard

A young woman with a culinary gift! Katelyn began cooking at an early age. After high school, she attended culinary school, working her way through at various local restaurants. Currently employed at Selden Standard, her real passion is all things pastry.

Katelyn's recipes were the most requested following Tomato Fest 2015 (the Fried Green Tomato stole the show) - be sure to check out her recipes. This year she will be making two (quite different) dishes for us: Tomato Jam and a basic marinara sauce.




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Based out of the Buffalo, New York area all of Remy's seeds are conditioned for our similar Michigan climate!

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Jim is hobby seed trader who was inspired by the late Gary Millwood,  of Louisville, KY he was commonly referred to as "The Mater Man".

Jim was the recipient of most of Gary's collection after his passing and continues to carry on his legacy through growing, cataloging, sharing and selling his now infamous Kentucky heirlooms.  


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