BOSTONToday, agricultural officials from Massachusetts joined tomato growers across the state in Boston’s Public Market Square for the 37th of the Commonwealth.e Tomato contest. Designed to raise awareness of locally grown produce, this year’s competition attracted 95 entries from 18 farms across the state. The contest is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, and Mass Farmers’ Markets, and was organized by the Boston Public Market Association. After the entries were judged by a panel of food writers, chefs, product experts, and state officials on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color, and shape, the curator of MDAR, John Lebeaux, announced that the top prizes went to farmers in Concord, Montague, and Sharon.

“It has been a pleasure for me to organize this annual contest to bring attention to one of Massachusetts’ most beautiful and diverse cultures,” said John Lebeaux, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. “The quality and variety of tomatoes on display here today are a testament to the skill and ingenuity of our farmers who work hard to grow these summer favourites. As always, we thank our partners, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers Markets for their help in organizing this event and the Boston Public Market for the organization.

“At the Boston Public Market, we are counting down to tomato season all summer and are excited to be working with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to once again host the Tomato Contest,” said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “We are honored to welcome local farmers from our region to this competition as they showcase the fruits and flavors of their labor.”

Of the 7,241 farms in Massachusetts, 517 farms annually produce more than 6.7 million pounds of tomatoes on 569 acres worth about $14 million. An additional 16.8 acres of tomatoes are grown in greenhouses worth approximately $4.1 million. Shoppers can find farmers markets, farm stands, and other opportunities to purchase local produce here.

2022 Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners

Slicing Category-

1st Venue – Verrill Farm, City of Concord, with a large beef tomato

2n/a Location – Langwater Farm, Town of North Easton, with a BHN 589 tomato

3rd Location – Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon Town, with a BHN 589 tomato

Cherry category-

1st Location – Red Fire Farm, Town of Montague, with a Starlor Tomato

2n/a Venue – Siena Farms, City of Sudbury, with a Sungold Tomato

3rd Location – Red Fire Farm, Town of Montague, with a Sun Peach Tomato

Heritage Category-

1st Location – Falls Farm, Town of Montague with, a Cherokee Purple Tomato

2n/a Venue – Russell Orchards, Ipswich Town, with a Black Prince Tomato

3rd Venue – Verrill Farm, City of Concord, with a pink tomato

Heaviest category-

1st Location – Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon Town, with a Black Krim tomato weighing 3.83 lbs.

2n/a Place – Verrill Farm, City of Concord, with a Buffalo Sun tomato weighing 2.49 pounds.

3rd Venue – Langwater Farm, Town of North Easton, with German striped tomato – 2.23 lbs.

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