April 18 & 19, 2015 | 10a-5p
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.
We will have all the winning varieties from our Fall Cornerstone Tomato Tasting, which were:
1. Blue Boar Berries
2. Blue Beauty
3. Costoluto Genovese
4. Indigo Apple
5. Pineapple Pig
6. Brad’s Black Heart
10. Brad’s Black Heart
11. Ananas Noire
12. Black Form Tula
13. Principe Borghese
14. Jaune Flamme
Workshop, offered Saturday and Sunday at 1pm – everything you need to grow great tomatoes:
Important information about: planting depth, watering, selecting the idea variety given space restriction, climate, soil etc.
Workshop is complimentary and seating is on a first come first serve basis.
We are lucky this year to have Brad Gates, founder of Wild Boar Farms and propagator of the #1 and #5 tomato picks from our tomato tasting last fall, leading the Saturdayworkshop. Brad is a local from Napa and has been propagating tomato plants for as long as he can remember.
Scott Daigre, founder of Tomatomania will personally lead Sunday’s workshop. His is the definitive source for all things Tomato.
This will be the 7th 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).