Chicago Tomato Fest 2009

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Michael Thompson (right) of Chicago Honey Coop & Damien Casten (left) of Candid Wines discuss heirloom tomatoes at Chicago Tomato Fest Plant Sale

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. 

Update: 6/02/09
Damien Casten has started a blog were buyers of the Chicago Tomato Fest plants can stop by and ask questions or share their experience in growing the heirloom tomatoes bought for the festival.


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  • Thank you! I hadn't heard about this.

  • In reply to megumphrey:

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks for signing up for an account at ChicagoNow and for leaving a comment. Hope you get a chance to attend the sales and get some great heirloom tomatoes.

  • In reply to megumphrey:

    If your readers miss these cool opportunities to buy heirloom tomato plants, I know there's a booth at the Evanston farmers market (saturday mornings) that sells various heirloom tomato varieties.
    They don't benefit charity, but they're a fair price and the plants are big and healthy. They usually carry them into June. I always buy my tomato plants here because it helps real farmers.

  • In reply to JaneH:

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment & thanks for the tip about the tomatoes at the Evanston farmers market.

  • In reply to JaneH:

    This is such a great price for a great selection of plants. I've been coveting Japanese T. for awhile. Thanks for the tip on this.

  • In reply to stacyp9:

    Stacy, Thanks so much for coming over here from the MrBrownThumb blog and registering to comment. I really appreciate it.

  • In reply to stacyp9:

    Heirloom tomatoes are fabulous!!

    Your tulips below are wonderful. Ohio has moved onto early perennial season with poppies blooming.

  • Say it aint so, Joe?

    You should have subscribed to the Chicago Garden feed. :0) Check out the blog by Damien where people can talk about tomatoes, hope you and the bride can participate.

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