The Abingdon Farmers Market will hold its annual Tomato Fest Saturday, August 5th.
With free tomato tastings, a best tasting tomato competition, tomato ice cream demonstrations and sampling, and live music the festival is a time to celebrate the start of tomato season in Southwest Virginia and the true beginning of summer. The Abingdon Farmer’s market opens at 8:00am Saturday, with Tomato Fest events kicking off at 9:00am.
Between 9:00am and 1:00pm, vendors will be offering free samples of many different types of tomatoes, including Cherokee Purple, Giant Belgium, Ponderosa Pink and more, all locally grown. There will also be a “Best Tasting Tomato” contest among vendors to determine what vendor has the best tasting tomato thus far. The announcement of that winner will be at 12:30pm.
There will also be a tomato ice-cream making demonstration held on the lawn. Nathan Breeding of Southern Culture will be making a delicious and unique Heirloom Tomato Ice Cream with Sweet Basil Whipped Cream for customers to taste. Recipes will be available at the demonstration table so that you can take this unique tomato dish home with you. These events will begin at 9am and go on until all samples have been given out.
The Abingdon Farmers Market will be having its regular market during this event. Over 45 vendors will be selling all local produce, meats and crafts from 8am to 1pm. The Music at the Market program will also be hosting local band “Chris Jamison” from 9am-12pm.
The Abingdon Farmers Market is sponsored by Berry Home Centers,The Harvest Table Restaurant, The Town of Abingdon and Iron Mountain Crossfit.