Princeton Public Library has teamed up with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and others to present Festomato, a celebration of New Jersey organic tomatoes on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. The event, to be held on Hinds Plaza, rain or shine, is intended to raise awareness of what many consider the crowning jewel of New Jersey-grown produce.
Festomato will include activities for all ages including crafts, cooking demonstrations, speakers, a canning workshop and children’s programs. There will be live music from three bands and plenty of food and drink selections made with tomatoes to taste.
In the Plaza
- Kids (k-5th Grade) Workshop: Noon-3 PM Seed Saving and Tomato Tasting with Nate Kleinman of the Experimental Farm Network, Sauce Making with Theresa Viggiano of First Field and Karen Deavers on Tomato Knowledge
- For Adults in the Plaza:
- 11 AM-12 Noon Tomato Seed Saving Class (Nate Kleinman)
- Noon-1 PM Tomato preserving demo (Kim Rizk)
- 12-3 PM Garden Doctor (Judith Robinson, Al Johnson and Stephanie Harris
For the Community Room
- 11 AM – Noon Christina Pirello, host of the internationally respected TV show “Christina Cooks,” Changing the Health of the World One Meal at a Time
- 12-1 PM Prof Tom Orton, Rutgers University, Tomato breeding and the Organic Farming Community
- 1-2 PM Tessa Desmond, Princeton University, The Politics and Pleasures of Eating Locally
- 2-3 PM Al Johnson, Healthy Soils, Healthy Planet
- 3-4 PM Stephanie Harris, President of NOFA-NJ Planting a Climate Victory Garden
- 4-5 PM Judith Robinson Pollinators, Food, & Climate Change
More than 50 varieties of organic tomatoes will be available from local farmers including Abe’s Acres Farm, Cherry Grove Farm, Cherry Valley Farm, Chickadee Creek Farm and Muth Family Farm.
Participating Bands include Bill Flemer and GoodBye Blue, Matthew Backes and Ron Greenstein, and Carolyn Klaube and ALBO.
Participating restaurants are Arlee’s Raw Blends, The Bent Spoon, Jammin’ Crepes, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Lillipies, Local Greek, Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar, Tortuga’s Mexican Village, Triumph Brewing and Witherspoon Grill.
Festomato is co-sponsored by Princeton Studies Food and McCaffrey’s Food Market. Additional funding is being provided by the library’s Princeton Environmental Film Festival and the Whole Earth Center of Princeton.
No Registration Required. Free admission.
And thanks to the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee for providing the Bike Racks for our Event! We hope those that can will consider biking to Festomato.