Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners

Posted by jcashman

Tomato farmers from across the state converged on City Hall Plaza today to display the fruits of their labor at the Commonwealth’s 28th Annual Tomato Contest. A highlight of the kickoff celebration for Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, this year’s festival drew 84 entries.

Top prizes went to E. Cecchi Farms of Feeding Hills, Kimball Fruit Farm of Pepperell and Red Fire Farm of Granby. A full list of contest winners is attached. Entries were judged by a panel of food writers, chefs, cookbook authors, produce experts and state officials.

“Each year, tomato growers come together for a friendly competition, celebrating one of the season’s most anticipated crops. Local tomatoes and other produce are at their peak availability right now at farmers’ markets and roadside stands across the state,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Gregory C. Watson, who kicked off today’s event by reading the Patrick-Murray Administration’s proclamation declaring August 19-25 as Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week.

There are 532 farms in the Bay State that each year produce more than 5.4 million pounds of tomatoes with a value of $10.8 million.

In addition to the presentation of awards, today’s Tomato Festival included tomato tasting, recipe demonstrations and information on nutrition and local farms. The festival and contest are sponsored by DAR, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, Mass Farmers’ Markets and The Boston Public Market Association.

Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners, 2012


Entry Farm Name Town Variety Place
9 Kimball Fruit Farm Pepperell Black Prince 1
22 Langwater Farm Easton Primo Red 2
14 Farmer Dave’s Dracut BHN589 3
7 Verrill Farm Concord Dafel 4
21 Langwater Farm Easton Scarlet Red 5
16 MacArthur Farm Holliston Geranimo 6
19 Ward’s Berry Farm Sharon BHN961 7
15 Cape Abilities Hyannis Trust 8
17 Linabella’s Gourmet Garlic Farm Oakham Orange Blossom 9
18 Ward’s Berry Farm Sharon BHN589 10


Entry Farm Name Town Variety Place
4 E. Cecchi Farms Feeding Hills Red Grape 1
27 Langwater Farm Easton Matts Wild 2
19 Linabella’s Gourmet Garlic Farm Oakham Sun Sugar 3
22 Freitas Farm Middleboro Sungold 4
2 Red Fire Farm Granby SunCherry 5
5 Macone Farm Concord Sungold 6
23 Ward’s Berry Farm Sharon Sungold 7
11 Moonlight Rose Swansea Sungold 8
1 Red Fire Farm Granby Honeydrop 9
9 Kimball Fruit Farm Pepperell Supersweet 100 10


Entry Farm Name Town Variety Place
3 Red Fire Farm Granby Striped German 1
25 Langwater Farm Easton Arkansas Traveler 2
10 Verrill Farm Concord Red Zebra 3
2 Red Fire Farm Granby Brandywine 4
13 Kimball Fruit Farm Pepperell Carbon 5
23 Stillman’s Farm New Braintree German Stipe 6
26 Langwater Farm Easton Speckled Roman 7
19 Linabella’s Gourmet Garlic Farm Oakham Moon Glow 8
1 Red Fire Farm Granby Black Zebra 9
8 Verrill Farm Concord Black Price 10


Entry Farm Name Town Variety Weight Place
5 Kimball Fruit Farm Pepperell Aussie 2.840 1
3 Macone Farm Concord Mr. Stripey 2.670 2
1 Red Fire Farm Montague Mexico 2.420 3
4 Verrill Farm Concord Aussie 2.360 4
9 Rota Spring Sterling Mountain Fresh 2.120 5
6 Farmer Daves Dracut Persimmon 2.100 6
7 Ward’s Berry Farm Sharon Sunbean 2.060 7
8 Longwater Farm Easton Striped German 1.720 8
2 E. Cecchi Farms Feeding Hills Crista 1.480 9
11 Ward’s Berry Farm Sharon Striped German 1.865 10




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