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Talking tomatoes with Kitchen Table Talks

When I started this blog, I was already pretty intolerant of the bad tomato. But since then? This intolerance has reached epic proportions. Unless it’s really tomato season where I live, that particular fruit is dead to me.

But I have a bowl of heirlooms on my kitchen counter right now, because it’s July, and even if Bay Area weather is gloomy and ever-so-non-summerlike, it’s still tomato season just on the other side of the Oakland Hills. And even when I’m not eating tomatoes, I sure do think an awful lot about them.

Though I know this information isn’t going to be helpful to those of you who don’t live within striking distance of San Francisco, I wanted to invite you to join me at an event where everyone will be thinking a lot about tomatoes: About the labor rights issues around the growing of those tasteless balls of cardboard you find in most grocery stores, about research on tomato varietals happening at the University of California, Davis, and about heirloom varieties grown in this area of the country.

It’s the July 26 edition of Kitchen Table Talks, which are held once a month to talk about issues related to our U.S. food system. Registration for the event opens this morning, and it’ll be held at Viracocha, at 998 Valencia Street at 21st Street, in San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30 pm (and there will be food! And wine!), and the discussion begins at 7 p.m.

Hope to see some familiar faces there, and if I haven’t met you but you spot me in the crowd, come say hello! I’m always excited to meet a few more of my kindred tomato spirits.


3 Comments on “Talking tomatoes with Kitchen Table Talks”

  1. #1 V. Kahler-Anderson, aka HomeRearedChef
    on Jul 12th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Genie,

    I loved this post! My husband and I have been growing tomatoes for many, many years now. And I agree with you, store bought tomatoes are so bland and tasteless. There is nothing like a homegrown, vine ripened tomato. And there is nothing like a fresh tomato sandwich on dill rye bread, kissed with extra-virgin olive oil and a light sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt.


  2. #2 Ellie Burn
    on Jul 13th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Love tomatoes! I came across your blog while searching for blogs on gardening. Have you heard of The Bucket Garden? I have found many positive things, not to mention success stories, about this system. You can grow all kinds of vegetables with this system in any climate year-round. My absolute favorite thing is the fact that it is low cost and low watering. The Garden Master, a man with years of experience came up with a way that any gardener can be successful without the stress and high cost most associated with gardening.

  3. #3 Patrick's Garden
    on Jul 20th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    If you want to learn more about why supermarket taste so bad, I was listening to NPR about a new book called Tomatoland. The author had been traveling behind a trailer of green tomatoes on a highway in Florda. One of the fruit dropped out and hit his windshield so hard he thought it was a rock. When he got out, the fruit were hard. Later he learned all FL tomatoes are using the same variety bred to be hard so they can be shipped anywhere in the winter season. In regional sites, they use ethylene gas to give them a red color. Just some of the stuff you can learn in ‘Tomatoland.

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