Heirloom Tomatoes Focus of Nebraska Festival


Heirloom Tomato Festival, store front sign

This year I was lucky enough to find the Heirloom Tomato Festival being held near Nebraska City, only an hour away from where I live! We decided to head down over the Labor Day weekend so we could expand our heirloom tomato horizons. This year in our own garden we are growing two heirloom varieties, Brandywine and Sun Gold, but we are always on the lookout for new and delicious varieties to grow.

The festival was being hosted by the Wostrel Family’s Union Orchard, just outside of Union, Nebraska. We drove up to a charming red painted farm store to the tune of live music provided by the Blozen Beer Band.

Heirloom Tomato Festival, the Bolzen Beer Band.

They were very enthusiastic.

Their store itself was beautiful and laid out so that the delicious looking vegetables produced in the fields behind the store were the first things you saw entering the door. Everything there looked and smelled delicious; it was hard to tear ourselves away from the products the orchard offered long enough to go seek out the tomatoes!

9/9/2013 11:26:47 AM

Wow, Sarah! What a fun day you had, and like Dave, we live close. I hope we'll know when it happens next year. BTW, It is also fun to "kinda" know the author! I grow Brandywine in my Omaha garden and love them. I would like to try a couple more heritage next year. Of course, this is a good year for tomatoes - in Omaha, anyway. Our small apple orchards on the farm are also dwarf, and it would be fun to see his.

9/7/2013 10:31:46 PM

Sarah, I didn't know we had such a festival in Nebraska. I'll have to watch for it next year and if nothing else pick some apples. Thanks for the great review of the festival. Have a great Nebraska Day.

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