A Tasty Treat

Tomato Day at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center set for Aug. 1

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center will host a Tomato Day on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Center in New Franklin. The event will feature tomato tastings, demonstrations and presentations.

The Tomato Day will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We’re so excited to welcome everyone out to this new event for the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center,” said Farm Manager Barry Eschenbrenner. “There will be something for everyone, including an opportunity to taste numerous tomato varieties.”

There will be nearly 50 tomato types to sample, including 10 trial varieties from the Harris Seed Company. Liz Harrison, MU Extension county engagement specialist in nutrition and health education, will host a salsa making and canning demonstration during the event. Harrison serves four counties in mid-Missouri: Audrain, Boone, Howard and Randolph.

David Trinklein, an associate professor of horticulture in the Division of Plant Sciences, will share a brief history of the tomato research at the University of Missouri during the Tomato Day as well.

“Guests will have an opportunity to find which tomatoes they prefer during Tomato Day, as well as hear about past research and canning techniques,” Eschenbrenner said.

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The Center is located at 10 Research Center Road in New Franklin. For more information about the Tomato Day, call Cheryl Recker at 660-848-2268 or email her at reckercl@missouri.edu. For more information about the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, visit harc.missouri.edu.