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8/9/2017 4:42:00 PM
WNC Farmers Market To Host Tomato Tasting Day Aug. 11

NC Department Of Agriculture &
Consumer Services

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The WNC Farmers Market, which offers fresh local produce and goods seven days a week, will host a Tomato Tasting Day on Friday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors can learn about different varieties of tomatoes, including the Biltmore Tomato, developed in Western North Carolina. Dozens of varieties will be available for sample and purchase from vendors. Tomato experts also will answer questions about the differences between red and yellow, heirloom, vine-ripened, mountain-grown tomatoes and more.

North Carolina is the third-largest producer of fresh-market tomatoes in the nation. Most of the state’s tomato production is in Western North Carolina. In fact, Henderson and Buncombe counties lead the state with nearly 1,000 combined acres of tomatoes grown.

The WNC Farmers Market is one of four state-operated farmers markets in North Carolina. The market offers seasonal produce, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, honey, baked breads, sweets and other farm-fresh items. The market also is home to Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center, The Moose Cafe and The Deli Bakery Ice Cream Shop. More information about Tomato Tasting Day and other special events is available at

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