Great Long Island Tomato Challenge


2014 Winner, Gary Schaffer (69) of Lindenhurst

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Long Island Tomato Challenge! Give your tomato plants lots of TLC all season long, then bring your biggest, and heaviest fruit to the event to

be judged by Garden Columnist Jessica Damiano. It will be held at Newsday Headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, at the Ruland Road entrance) at 7PM on August 12th. Rain date will be August 19th. There are a couple of rules for this challenge and they are:

  • Tomatoes must be homegrown, fresh and not previously frozen.
  • They don’t need to be ripe, but stems should be removed before weighing.

Tomatoes will be judged in 6 categories. The heaviest, the smallest (measured and not weighed,) Ugliest, And three youth categories split into the age groups of 6 and younger, 7-12, and 13-17. There is no need to RSVP to this challenge, just come on down and have some fun! To be featured in an upcoming issue of Newsday, send a photo of yourself with your tomato plants along with growing techniques and the varieties you planted to, then look back every Sunday in the Newsday Gardening section to follow the competition!

Thank you Jessica Damiano for the original information. You can read more here.

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