At the recent Mantua Rotary Farmers Market there were 14 different Heirloom tomatoes sliced and ready to be tasted.
The two celebrity judges were Sue Nelson, owner of Sue Nelson Design in Kent, and Michele Stuck, the Mantua Village solicitor.
Everyone shopping at the market was invited to taste and judge the tomatoes. This was the first time any of the judges ever tasted so many different varieties at one setting.
The winners for the Heirloom Tomato Tasting Contest are as follows:
The Best in Show Tomato was a Lemon Cherry Tomato presented by Patsy Reid.
The Tastiest Tomato Award went to Christi Brugmann with a Carolina Gold tomato.
An award for the prettiest tomato also went to Christi Brugmann.
The Best Small Tomato went to Patsy Reid.
The Largest Tomato was 1.3 pounds and the award went to Dean Olson. "The large tomato is an Italian heirloom originating in 1809 from Thomas Jefferson's farm. This old variety took second place in the taste category, and is unusual because it is used for both eating and cooking," said Olson.
When the tasting contest was over, a there was a "Bobbing for Tomatoes Contest" in a large tub of water with a dozen tomatoes.
All the kids, and one adult participated in this hair-soaking event. All captured tomatoes were kept to be enjoyed later. A water fight erupted when the bobbing event was over between the kids and a few adults soaking all participants in the hot August sun.
The market features sellers providing fresh picked heirloom vegetables, and fresh baked bread, pies, cinnamon and pecan rolls, and more.
Future market contests include a Salsa Contest on Sept. 21, a fruit or vegetable pie contest on Oct. 5, and a free pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 12.
Vendors are always sought for the market. For more information, call 330-351-3035.
Winners of the Mantua Rotary Farmers Market Tomato Tasting Contest are, from left, Patsy Reid and Kyrstin Reid, and kneeling, Cody Brugmann, Cole Brugmann and Christi Brugmann.
Cody Brugmann bobs for tomatoes after the Mantua Rotary Farmers Market Tomato Tasting Contest.