Tomato growing contest promotes annual Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market
From budding green thumbs to Master Gardeners, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market wants the community to take part in their first-ever tomato growing competition.
Market Manager Morgan Hoenig said the goal of the contest is to encourage gardening and to generate interest in the market.
“I’m trying to get people more involved in Farmers Market, to be more aware what’s all involved in the Farmers Market, what we have to offer, and what home grown tomatoes taste like,” Hoenig said.
Plants for the contest will be on sale from April 26-May 7 at the Iowa State University Extension office in Mt. Pleasant, at the Earth Day celebration on April 24 at McMillan Park, and at the Henry County Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 8 at McMillan Park.
Participants are asked to keep detailed records on the growing process, including how the plants were cared for, any plant food, conditions and location of plant, etc. Full rules are available on the Market’s web site, www.mpfarmmarket.org.
“There are so many types of tomatoes, though most people are used to the big red ones, so I see this sort of as an educational thing,” Hoenig said. “I would like to see what different growing techniques can do for different tomatoes.”
For more, see our April 13 print edition.