Do you grow your own?

Calling all tomato-growers!

Show off your gorgeous garden goods at the first Homegrown Tomato Contest, Thursday Aug. 25, from 3 until 5 p.m. at The Market Place in downtown Asheville.

Bring your tastiest, most exquisite tomato for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Market Place, seed collections from local seed company Sow True Seed and $15 in market bucks good for the Asheville City Market. Got an “ugly” tomato? Bring it for the Ugly Tomato Contest.

During judging, enjoy tomato appetizers and drinks prepared by chef William Dissen, mingle with fellow gardeners, and get great gardening advice and resources. The restaurant’s bar will also be open for afternoon cocktails (not included in entry fee.) Judges include ASAP’s executive director Charlie Jackson and Missy Huger of Jake’s Farm.

The event is organized by ASAP and The Market Place and made possible by donations from Sow True Seed. An $8 entry fee pays local farmers for their tomatoes and benefits ASAP. The contest is limited to the first 30 entrants. To reserve your space, contact The Market Place at 252-4162.

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