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Old June 14, 2013   #1
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Default 2013 Taste Fest

Hello fellow CHOPTAGers.

I’ve been getting a good number of fruit set and laughed to myself when I thought I should start listing the varieties I would bring to the Taste Fest. Then I remembered the Taste Fest isn’t scheduled yet. I think the biggest obstacle is finding a place to hold it. If anyone knows of a place we can have the Fest let me know.
I thought we would hold it around the end of August.
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Old June 18, 2013   #2
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Susan ( Barbee) has graciously offered her place for our 2013 Taste Fest. We’ll be holding it on Sunday, Aug. 25th 2013 from 11:30 ‘til 3pm.

Susan has a farm out in Mount Orab, Ohio. That’s about 40 miles east of downtown Cincinnati. She grows plenty of tomatoes and pigs and gigantic pumpkins and assuming they haven’t eaten him, Mr. Turkey.

Everyone is welcome to join us. This is a family affair, so bring the kids, the parents, the grandparents and anyone else that likes tomatoes.

There is only one rule. Bring tomatoes or bring food.

Susan lives at 17127 Minnick Rd. Mount Orab 45154. If you Google map it you’ll see it is just off Rt 68 about half way between Rts 50 and 32.
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Old August 11, 2013   #3
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See you there! Many new varieties to share!
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Old August 17, 2013   #4
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A week from tomorrow. I’m looking forward to tasting some great tomatoes. I should have a few new varieties to share also.
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Sounds exciting Jerry. What new varieties do you have in your garden this season?

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Do not forget to take pictures and post the results.
Thanks and have a great TASTING.
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Gearing up for the tasting:
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Lee,
Varieties that are new to me this year are - Red Bird, Mennonite Orange, Taxi, Bernardini, Burbank, Honey Drop Cherry and one I dug out of the 2006 bin, Thai Pink Egg
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Looking forward to the tasting. I think I might have to make that spinach dip again.
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That was good Heather!
I'm going to do BBQ and cole slaw again. And some type of dessert!
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I most likely will not make the tasting. If I do it will be towards the end. Out in Adams County all weekend for a class on true bugs. Not many ripening tomatoes. Tragedy struck my patch. 5 inches of rain with my heavy soil took its toll earlier this year. Every plant wilted down and looked to be on deaths door. I had just feed them prior to the rain and was worried if they did survive my their food was washed away. This wilted condition lasted quite some time. I thought I out right lost 1/3,1/3 looked bad but would live and the last 3rd seem alright after 2 weeks. I stripped off much of the fruit and hit them with a fungicide knowing that in this condition every leaf disease around would be lining up for their share. Fast forward to today, all but 2 plants look incredible. Loaded with fruit and no disease. My spacing has helped. They are ten feet apart in big cages. I have the room.
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I think the plants probably had to regrow much of their root mass since the old roots suffocated.
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I most likely will not make the tasting. If I do it will be towards the end. Out in Adams County all weekend for a class on true bugs. Not many ripening tomatoes. Tragedy struck my patch. 5 inches of rain with my heavy soil took its toll earlier this year. Every plant wilted down and looked to be on deaths door. I had just feed them prior to the rain and was worried if they did survive my their food was washed away. This wilted condition lasted quite some time. I thought I out right lost 1/3,1/3 looked bad but would live and the last 3rd seem alright after 2 weeks. I stripped off much of the fruit and hit them with a fungicide knowing that in this condition every leaf disease around would be lining up for their share. Fast forward to today, all but 2 plants look incredible. Loaded with fruit and no disease. My spacing has helped. They are ten feet apart in big cages. I have the room.
fenneltop, you are so close by already if in Adams County! Please do stop in as we will run over a bit like always and I have a group of giant vegetable growers coming in towards the end of the tasting to see the watermelons so there will be a nice crowd here pretty much all day. I will send you home with a few tomatoes too
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fenneltop, you are so close by already if in Adams County! Please do stop in as we will run over a bit like always and I have a group of giant vegetable growers coming in towards the end of the tasting to see the watermelons so there will be a nice crowd here pretty much all day. I will send you home with a few tomatoes too
I have looked at the route and plan to stop if the hour is good.
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My dawgs are barking tonight but boy we had a good turnout! Thanks to all who made the trip to the farm and for those we missed, hope to see you at the next tasting! I did not count the tomatoes but I heard we had 85+ varieties. Here is a little sample of the offerings. Jerry took quite a few pics so he can post more. Hint: this is 18 feet of table space plus they spilled over to a couple of other tables too. I think Ray wins the most varieties tasted award this year
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