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Old August 27, 2006   #1
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We came, we tasted, we judged. Oh, and we ate delicious tomato sorbet, brownies to die for, a delicious whipped cream dessert and potstickers. Don't you wish you had come too?


Our littlest, and most discriminating tomato taster. Since she couldn't write, and was too busy eating to talk, we determined her winners by the amount eaten. Sorbet was first. Then Sungold, then Momotaro. Is she good, or what??


Brad's Berkeley Tie Dye on top, and mine below. It must be the water...


Annie's future tomato sauce


Yeah, tomato porn. This is Brad's Beauty King.


Bruce was kept very busy dishing out his sorbets!


Here is the hardworking NORCATT group! From left to right is Angelique, Diana, Annie and kids, Bruce, Betsy and dh (sorry, I never got your name!) and Debra. Annie's DH took the pic, but very much did his part in tasting, cutting, and set-up.


It was a very enjoyable day, with wonderful company. Ah, people where I can talk tomatos for hours that understand me! I'm already looking forward to next year, as I redo my 'to grow' list yet again! Thanks everyone!

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Old August 27, 2006   #2
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Default Great Pictures!

I love the way the scoresheets look. Did they work well?

I'm sorry I missed it. Today was soccer season kick-off for my two older girls, and I couldn't miss my four year old's very first soccer game ever. Can you believe that I chose my kids over my tomatoes? (truthfully, my tomatoes seem to be between peaks and I have almost nothing ripe right now. Two weeks ago they were awesome).

I'm looking forward to seeing the tasting results to go with the pictures.
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Great looking pix! Thanx for sharing.
What were some of the standout varieties you tasted?

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Old August 27, 2006   #4
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Just a few quick pictures before I head out the door to taste another 75 or so tomatoes at Morningsun Herb Farm . Norcatt was a success but we need to get more people to this event!

We had decided on Davis as a happy medium between Sacramento and the S.F. Bay Area. Diana found us an excellent location! Thanks Diana.

Haven't calculated the ratings yet Lee, but the ones that stood out for me were: Sungold, Goose Creek, Diana's Berkeley Tie Dye, Super Italian Paste (probably the best), and Momotaro.

The spread (reds are behind me).


Another shot. L to R Angelique, Annie, and Diana


Our Littlest taster once again. She ate half the Sungolds by herself.


Debra's Table. We were running out of space so we moved down to the benches.
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Old August 27, 2006   #5
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Great pictures of lots of great tomatoes. Kind of surprised about the turnout, though.

Where's Barb and her sis? And Bob to fry up the bacon?
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Old August 27, 2006   #6
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Great photos. Adorable little girl. Lucious looking tomatoes. (There's always next year. Usually.)

Where's Brad??
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Old August 27, 2006   #7
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Wow, you guys are fast! Here is a link to the pics my DH took of the event:

http://picasaweb.google.com/launate/2006NORCATT

It was a blast and we definitely need to figure out a way to get more people to it. Too many tomatoes, too few tasters. For me, the standout tomatoes were (not in order):

Super Italian Paste
Diana's Berkeley Tie Dye (which was very distinct from Brad's or even my own)
Sungold
Goose Creek
Indian Stripe
Julia Child
Pork Chop
Jaune Flamme
Sleazy B
Betsy's diff to pronounce tomato (something Fruehe Liebe...)
Sugar Lump

It was a drive but it was really nice to be able to talk tomatoes to like-minded folks.

Cheers, Annie
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Old August 27, 2006   #8
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that loser Bob was at his office trying to keep his very few, but incredibly demanding, clients happy-ish. He is there again today (Sunday) instead of being at his neighborhood block party. For some reason his clients expect him to actually deliver work.

It looks like a great place and I really wish I had been there. I kept thinking about what a good time I was missing. Looks like everybody else knocked themselves out putting together a nice feast.

Bummer.
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It looks like you did an awesome job! I listen to a podcast of a garden show from California (Dave's ... I'd have to listen to it again to get the station, etc.), but they do an announcement thing weekly, and I've heard them announce Tomato Tasting Events a few times - maybe you could get some radio announcements, and horticultural group announcements, etc. Keep plugging away ... once the word gets out, you won't have enough to go around!
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Old August 28, 2006   #10
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Looks like a wonderful event and some fantastic varieties. All those tomatoes for 10 people, yes, definitely have to get the word out.
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Old August 28, 2006   #11
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I love the way the scoresheets look. Did they work well?
They worked pretty well, some put an X on the line between the numbers to indicate a 3.5 or 4.5 so I'll include those votes as well.

Too bad you couldn't make it. As you can see you didn't need to bring any tomatoes!

Wow Annie, tell Nate 'Great Job' on all those pictures!
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Old August 28, 2006   #12
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It was a great event, nice to see everyone there. Wish more could have made it.

Bruce, when do you think you'll have the scores posted?

Thanks.

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Old August 29, 2006   #13
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Hi everyone,

I had a fantastic time. Our friends (Bev and Chuck) who attended with us were fascinated with our tomato addiction -- and even more amazed that we'd all come a distance to attend a "tomato" gathering!

So, where are we going to write down the list of seeds we would like to receive from each other? Should we start a new thread?

Thanks to both Bruce and Nate for the wonderful photos.

Anyone interested in a later-harvest gathering in ~ October? I'm guessing that with this season, I should have a much better showing by then.

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Old August 29, 2006   #14
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Bruce, when do you think you'll have the scores posted?
It's ready to go. I just need to know who added the Black from Tula at the tasting. Diana or Annie or ?.

Also who added the Orange Russian 117? (Diana, I think)
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Old August 29, 2006   #15
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Hi Bruce,

Both are Diana's. Thank you for sorting through all the data for us.

I just had a spam and egg sandwich for lunch today with your Carbon (it was super delicious--my kids devoured the rest of it) and Angelique's Greek Cucumber (Angelique, that cucumber was so crispy and sweet--yummers! and thank you!).

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