Tomatomania – 2012
Tomatomania returns to Cornerstone
Saturday and Sunday, April 14 & 15
Enthusiastically referred to as “the tomato freak’s Woodstock” by the New York Times, TOMATOMANIA! is not only the world’s largest (and most fun) tomato seedling sale, but has become a tomato lovers’ Mecca and the requisite resource for all things tomato. Started as a West Coast phenomenon in the early 90s, TOMATOMANIA! has blossomed into a coast-to-coast sensation with Cornerstone Sonoma being the only bay area stop.
Its producer Scott Daigre has nurtured a family of “maniacs” who come back year after and year sharing their experience, tips, baby pictures and passion for all things tomatoes from garden to table. With 150 varieties to choose from you’ll find rare, classic and newly propagated plants. The aisles are crammed with every size, shape, color and taste profile, from Amish Paste to Zapote.
This year Scott will be joined by local plant propagator and true Tomato Maniac – Brad Gates who will introduce his latest creations including: Michael Pollen, Berkeley Tie Dye, Pine Apple Pig and the first ever Blue Tomato.
Complimentary works shops both days plus all the extras including dirt, fertilizer, cages ties, markers….and tons of advice from the super helpful tomatomania staff.
Make it a day and enjoy a delicious bbq, wine tasting and the beautiful grounds at Cornerstone.
This will be the 6th year that Cornerstone has hosted this fantastic event.
In addition to championing the growing of Heirloom Tomatoes, founder and garden designer, Scott Daigre, created an edible garden for us last spring entitled – Attention Potager! (translation: look! Vegetables!! which is sort of an inside thing between Scott and his French friends who, knowing that he adores vegetable gardens, scream wildly to point them out when traveling the French countryside).
One of my favorite features of the garden, in addition to the fact that it hosts over 40 varieties of tomatoes with names like Missouri Pink Love Apple and Eva’s Purple Ball, is the small house he’s built out of hog wire in the center of the garden. Young pear trees are being trained to grow the outer walls so in a few years it will be a pear tree house.