Posted Aug. 20, 2014 @ 2:10 pm
A Concord farm once again made a big impression at the state's 30th annual Tomato Festival, a contest held Monday, Aug. 18, at the Boston Public Farmers’ Market.
This year's festival entries were an all-time record, but Macone Farm earned an impressive eight honors, with three trophies and five awards. Concord’s Verrill Farm also picked up two trophies and another honor.
Susan Macone and Anthony J. Rogers farm 13 acres located on Route 117, and sell wholesale to farmstands. Keeping the operation small-scale allows Macone Farm to "really baby" the plants, said Macone.
Macone Farm took second place in the slicing category, for its Belgium tomato; second place in the cherry category for Sungold; and third place in the heirloom category for Mr. Stripey; as well as five other awards
Macone, whose family has a long farming history in Concord, said winning an award in every category the farm entered was "really special."
"We really enjoy what we do," she said.
Tomatoes were judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape. The contest was sponsored by the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and
Mass Farmers’ Markets and hosted by the Boston Public Market Association. The contest was open to commercial tomato growers and designed to increase consumers’ awareness of local agriculture.