Despite the rain, those seeking the perfect tomato were out in big numbers on Saturday at the Franklin Farmers Market for the annual Tomato Festival.
Patrons enjoyed free samples of over 30 different varieties of locally grown tomatoes including Heirloom tomatoes from over 15 different local Tennessee Farms. Guests also enjoyed tasting samples of food from Amerigo Italian Restaurant Chef Steven Robilio, and a Best Tasting Tomato Contest.
Judges for this year’s contest included: Rick Warwick, Shelly Robertson Birdsong, Theresa Mascola, Charles Sargent,Lynne McAlister, Ali Gensert,Ernie Reynolds, Chef Matthew Antonovich and Ernie Reynolds.
Judges were to select winners in three different categories: Standard Tomato, Heirloom Tomato and the Ugliest Tomato.
Winners for the Standard Tomato: First Colbert Family Farm; 2nd Rainbow Hill Farm; and 3rd Delvin Farm.
Winners for the Heriloom Tomato : 1st Vu Farm; 2nd Colbert Family Farm; and 3rd place was tied going to Sturbridge Farm and Teston Nursery.
Winners for the Ugly Tomato Contest : 1st Sturbridge Farm; 2nd Evans Produce; and 3rd Beaver Dam Creek Farm.
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