2015 may have been our best tomato tasting yet. Roger’s Gardens has been producing this popular summer event for the last 15 years. We were thrilled to see nearly 300 attendees this year.

By 9 AM tomato enthusiasts were lined up at both entrances, anxious to taste over 1,700 tomatoes and 70 varieties that graced the tasting tables this year. Like fine wine, each guest carefully tasted the tomatoes, then cast their votes of their favorites. Steve Goto, as he has since our first event, supplied the majority of the fruit, but staff and a few customers added tomatoes to the tables as well. Another tradition at this event is April Goto’s famous homemade tomato salsa.

For the third year, well-known Roger’s Gardens edible expert David Rizzo, tasting with peppers from his own garden, plus a few extras. Almost twenty varieties, including some real hotties, like two different Habaneros, Scotch Bonnets and Ghost Peppers. Luckily, nobody needed the paramedics.

Every year we encourage customers to bring in their tomato harvest for tasting and in return they receive a 20% discount of nursery products and get to be first in line for the tomato tasting. A big”thank you” to our customers who brought in tomatoes and/or peppers for the tasting this year. We greatly appreciate your support and participation.

Start planning now for your 2016 tomato season. And be sure to visit us again in March 2016 during ToMaToMania!, our largest gardening event of the year.

We have tabulated the results from the ballots that were cast at this year’s Tomato Tasting. Scroll to the bottom of this article to see the results.

Based on the ballot results, the top three tasting tomatoes were Snow White Cherry, Sungold Cherry and Red Zebra.

Below are the full results:

TASTING BALLOT RESULTS

NameScore# Votes
1Snow White Cherry4.5172
2Sungold Cherry4.3795
3Red Zebra4.2185
4Black Cherry4.1694
5Japanese Pink Cherry4.1268
6Sweet Baby Girl4.0989
7Mr Green4.0353
8San Francisco Fog3.9224
9Cherry3.9111
10Anna Russian3.8581
11Chocolate3.8376
12Green Stripe3.8222
13Bloody Butcher3.7882
14Neve’s Azorean Red3.7658
15Sunrise Bumble Bee3.7540
16Mr Stripey3.7278
17Berkeley Tie Dye3.6282
18Dixie Golden Giant3.6286
19Brandywine3.6086
20Jetsetter3.6088
21Copia3.5874
22Cuban Yellow Grape3.5781
23Pineapple3.5489
24Hawaiian Pineapple3.5287
25Mango3.5284
26Yellow Pear3.5010
27Grape3.5016
28Cherokee Purple3.4885
29Black Krim3.3983
30Cherokee Chocolate3.3081
31Early Girl3.2880
32Southern Nights3.2777
33Big Zebra3.2581
34Amana Orange3.1990
35Legend3.1678
36Black From Tula3.1579
37No Name Cherry3.138
38White Wonder3.1181
39Nyagous3.0679
40Green Zebra3.0475
41Porkchop3.0262
42Glacier2.9467
43Fantastic2.9376
44Carbon2.9271
45Super Sioux2.9272
46Green Crush2.9178
47Kellogg’s Breakfast2.9181
48Big Rainbow2.8673
49Cherokee Green2.8221
50Rutgers2.8172
51Nebraska Wedding2.8075
52Siletz2.7676
53Persimmon2.7579
54Marveled Stripe2.7371
55Homestead2.6969
56Siberia2.6871
57Indigo Rose2.6565
58Gold Medal2.5980
59Super Sweet 1002.5317
60Costoluto Genovese2.4975
61Stupice2.4866
62Momotaro Gold2.4219
63Andrew Rahart2.2064
64Baby Boomer       N/A2
65Cheryl     N/A1
66Zebra     N/A2
67Purple Plum     N/A2

To view the results for 2014 click here.

To view the reuslts for 2013 click here.