Tomatoes are an important part of some 30,000 pounds of produce distributed free to those who come to help with the harvest
By Dave Skoloda
La Crosse Tribune
Aug 31, 2018
George and other volunteers were to taste and evaluate the 11 varieties of slicing and paste tomatoes and four varieties of cherry tomatoes for flavor, appearance and on how the plants performed, part of of his methodical approach to raising the crop. Tomatoes are an important part of some 30,000 pounds of produce distributed free to those who come to help with the harvest or provided to area food programs by the nonprofit Hunger Task Force, which operates the garden.
Todd Huffman, garden coordinator, says about a quarter of the produce by weight is tomatoes. He defers to George on tomato management: “He’s the tomato man.”
One of the favorites among the tasters this year was the first-year planting of Amana Orange, an heirloom variety that produced a one-pound fruit with a rich flavor and silky texture, making it a candidate for a return to next year’s garden.