Slow Food Chicago, Candid Wines and the Chicago Honey Coop are having two plants sales where Chicagoland gardeners will have the opportunity to purchase heirloom tomato plants. Heirloom tomatoes are plants that have been handed down from one generation to the next and are very different from what you can traditionally find in the supermarket.
The first plant sale will take place on May 27th, 2009 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, just west of The Loop, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Proceeds from that night will benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory & Slow Food.
The second plant sale will take place on June 5th, 2009 at Uncommon Ground on Devon and will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Proceeds from this night will benefit Slow Food.
Everyone who purchases an heirloom tomato on these two days is invited to the Second Annual Tomato Fest at the Chicago Honey Coop where you're invited to bring some of your home grown heirloom tomatoes to share with other gardeners.
Heirloom varieties for sale will include varieties like; Tappy's Land Race Currant, Mortgage Lifter, Japanese Black Trifle, Marmande & more. Prices for the heirloom tomato plants will be $3.00 & cash only. For more information you can visit the Slow Food Chicago Tomato Fest 2009 webpage.
Update: 5/27 I attended the first heirloom tomato plant sale for Chicago Tomato Fest 2009 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The plant sale was a success, within the first 45 minutes of the sale they were down to just 20 plants. Make sure you get there early to the next plant sale on June 5th.