Monday, August 4, 2008

Tomato Days 2008 Is A Great Success

Tomato Days 2008For the Fahrmeier family, growing produce for farmers' markets seems to be their specialty. However, this weekend, the family stepped outside of the box and hosted the first ever Tomato Days festival on their very own farm. Tomato Days had a great turnout and for a first time event was a very successful endeavor.

Tomato Days 2008 began at 4 p.m. on Fahrmeier Farms on Saturday, August 2nd. The newly opened Three Trails Winery had several different wines to offer to attendants in the beautiful, newly renovated facility. Locally owned Boulevard Brewery offered their beer for the event as well.

Outside of the winery, outstanding food made with local produce was available from chefs from all over the Kansas City area. Chefs included Brad Gilmore from Trezo Mare with a variety of delicious foods, Chef Kamal with all natural pita chips, and many more featuring specialties including grilled tomatoes and several salsas. Most of the foods at the event were centered around tomatoes and all of those foods were made using heirloom tomatoes from Fahrmeier Farms.

In addition to the outstanding selection of food and drinks, Tomato Days 2008 hosted AnnaLee and the Lucky So-n-Sos on Saturday evening. AnnaLee and the band crooned jazz-style arrangements and had the audience involved in all songs, even "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Missouri Director of Agriculture, Don Steen, was even in attendance of the local foods event. KMZU 100.7 radio station from Carrollton was present to cover the event on the radio.

Cosentino's Price Chopper was a sponsor of the event and was a great contributor for advertisement and promotions. The event was a benefit for Kansas City Healthy Kids, an organization dedicated to reducing obesity and improving the health of Greater Kansas City’s children.

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