As much as I love traveling I’ve come to realize that will home will always be Toronto. And it’s not just because I have amazing neighbours who will do ridiculous things to welcome me home but because there’s so much to discover right here.
Today Joel and Dana from Well Preserved asked if I wanted to come out with them to Prince Edward County, a small agricultural region just 2 hours outside the city, for Vicki’s Veggies Heirloom Hurrah & Harvest Carnivale to benefit The Stop Community Food Centre.
If you think it is strange to drive 2 hours to taste tomatoes, then you’ve never had an heirloom.
A tomato is not just a tomato.
You see we tend to think of tomatoes coming in just a few colours and a few sizes. But tomatoes weren’t always the uniform red and they didn’t all have the same grocery store taste. Generations ago it was common to have different sizes, colours, flavours.
But somewhere with progress we lost all of that.
Fortunately people like Vicky have banded together to share seeds for conservation. You can find Vicky at the farmer’s markets in the city and there are lines of people wanting to spend lots of money on her tomatoes.
But today entry was by donation only and people could come and taste so many varieties. I overheard one woman ask if the green tomatoes were under ripe or if they were supposed to be green.
Yes they were.
Have a look at this video about heirloom tomatoes.