MU Bradford Research Center to host seventh annual tomato festival

Friday, August 5, 2011 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, August 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold its seventh annual Tomato Festival from 4 to 7:30 pm. Aug. 25, at the research center, 4968 Rangeline Road.

According to a news release from the center, there will be more than 60 varieties of tomatoes and peppers for tasting.

Among those are the Health Kick VFFA Hybrid and the ghost pepper, Bhut Jolokia. Health Kick VFFA Hybrid tomato contains abundant amounts of the antioxidant lycopene, which is said to prevent cancer. Bhut Jolokia is considered the world’s hottest pepper by the Scoville Chart, a scale that measures spice.

Chefs from eight local restaurants will cook fresh salsa with tomatoes and peppers grown by the research center.

The center will also hold question-and-answer sessions for festival participants interested in learning how to plant tomatoes at home.

Jim Quinn, regional horticultural specialist; Adam Leonberger, an extension associate; and David Trinklein, horticultural specialist, will lead the lessons.

For more information, call Kayci Fadler or Thresa Chism at 884-7945 or go to the center's website.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.