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From 'Amish Paste' to 'Zapotec', We've got Tomatoes!
















Our Tomato Collections are ready to order now.



Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.



Tomato lovers of all ages enjoy our event.



Select from a wide variety of Tomatoes



 

Friday-Sunday, May 16th-18th -- 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

2014 marks White Flower Farm's ninth annual sale of Tomato and other vegetable seedlings otherwise known as The Great Tomato Celebration!

Every year in the end of May (the weekend before Memorial Day to be exact), White Flower Farm brings its vast selection of Tomato and vegetable seedlings from the greenhouses and puts them up for sale on the lawn next to our Retail Store. We chose this date because it's the ideal time for planting in our area, meaning that the threat of frost has usually passed and it's the best time to get edible plants in the ground to give them the longest possible growing season.

The sale will be open for three days -- Friday, May 16th, Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th, each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: White Flower Farm, 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763

What's For Sale?
This year we will be offering over 100 varieties of Tomato plants, plus many varieties of Peppers, Herbs, Lettuce, Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Kale, Chard, berry bushes and fruit trees.

Our Tomato offering will include conventionally grown and grafted plants. The majority of seedlings are in 3" pots, but there will also be a selection of Tomato plants in larger containers. The varieties will include heirloom and hybrid selections. Customers will be able to select Tomatoes with red, yellow, purple, black, striped, white and multi-colored skin in sizes ranging from the smallest "currant" Tomatoes to the largest beefsteaks.

A complete list of varieties is posted here. Please note that this list is subject to change and that we cannot guarantee the availability of specific varieties. Shop early for the best selection!

Growing Supplies
In addition to plants, there will be a wide selection of fertilizers, mulch, containers, ties, stakes, and more.

More Than Just a Plant Sale
White Flower Farm's staff experts will be on hand each day to answer your questions. Look for the people wearing aprons!

Lectures and Demonstrations
For those looking for more information about growing, harvesting and preserving Tomatoes and other summer vegetables, there will be lectures and demonstrations each day.

Friday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m.
How to Grow, Select and Enjoy Tomatoes
Barbara Pierson, White Flower Farm's Nursery Manager

With more than 100 Tomato varieties available, how do you choose which ones to plant in your garden? Barb's talk will explain Tomato terminology so that you can make informed choices and have fun while you are doing it. Did you know that some varieties are considered ideal for cooking while others are best known for their resistance to disease or cracked skin? She will describe the taste and attributes of some of our most popular varieties as well as some of the more obscure staff favorites. She will share her top tips for growing which include everything from soil preparation and watering to feeding and supporting the vines. Come ready to learn and get prepared for an abundant harvest this summer!

Free event. Please register here.


Friday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m.
How to Preserve Your Summer Harvest
Diane Hirsch, Food Safety Educator, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System

If you know a few key preservation techniques, you can plant your summer vegetable garden now, and enjoy it for months to come! Diane Hirsch, Food Safety Educator at UConn's Cooperative Extension System office in North Haven, will show the audience how to make the most of an abundant summer harvest. She will go over the proper techniques for canning, dehydrating and freezing tomatoes. For over thirty years, she has been working in the area of food safety, targeting issues that affect the food system from the farm to the table.

Free event. Please register here.


Saturday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Cookbook Signing and Cooking Demonstration
The Beekman Boys

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who are known as The Beekman Boys, are the founders of Beekman 1802, a brand of artisanal products made at The Beekman, their historic farm in Sharon Springs, New York. They are goat farmers, soap makers, authors and probably best known as the 2012 winners of CBS's The Amazing Race which brought them and their brand to national prominence. Their reality television show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, is aired on The Cooking Channel. At The Great Tomato Celebration, The Beekman Boys will be doing a cooking demonstration and cookbook signing of their upcoming cookbook: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden (publication date: May 14, 2014).

Free event. Please register here.


Saturday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m.
How to Grow, Select and Enjoy Tomatoes
Barbara Pierson, White Flower Farm's Nursery Manager

With more than 100 Tomato varieties available, how do you choose which ones to plant in your garden? Barb's talk will explain Tomato terminology so that you can make informed choices and have fun while you are doing it. Did you know that some varieties are considered ideal for cooking while others are best known for their resistance to disease or cracked skin? She will describe the taste and attributes of some of our most popular varieties as well as some of the more obscure staff favorites. She will share her top tips for growing which include everything from soil preparation and watering to feeding and supporting the vines. Come ready to learn and get prepared for an abundant harvest this summer!

Free event. Please register here.


Sunday, May 18th at 11:30 a.m.
Organic Vegetable Gardening....From the Ground Up!
Sue Lavallee from Coast of Maine Organic Products

Successful organic vegetable gardening is not attained by simply replacing chemical fertilizers and pesticides with organic ones. It also involves the proper conditioning of your garden beds with organic matter. Experienced gardeners know that building the soil is the single most important aspect of organic vegetable gardening. Doing this will produce incredibly vigorous, productive, and disease resistant vegetable plants. Learn how to grow vegetables that have exceptional flavor and the added bonus of a higher nutritional value! Whether you are a beginning gardener, a more experienced gardener or are just interested in learning more about soil and bed preparation, please join us. Topics include the four types of soil, the till vs. no-till method of gardening, yearly conditioning of your soil, what makes the Coast of Maine soil amendments so unique and helpful gardening tips.

Free event. Please register here.





 
 
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