Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2014

August 10, 2014 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been delicious already this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving more abundantly in the August harvest, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central.  I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. We aren’t growing tomatoes this year as we have been moving home so we haven’t been able to keep up with a garden. But in any case we don’t have green thumbs for tomatoes. We only yielded a handful of cherry tomatoes last year. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2014 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 17 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Waffle Gardens with Sean Ludden)and at 1:45 pm Master Composters.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania


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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2013

August 20, 2013 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been late this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central. I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our current attempt at cherry tomatoes has yielded exactly two so far in 2013. Last year we did better, with a grand total of four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2013 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 25 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101 with the Tomato Guys) and 12:30 pm (Preserving the Harvest with Cindy Davies.) At 1:30 pm Peter Sinanian will be sharing advice on Raised Beds and Fall Gardens.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 25, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2012

August 14, 2012 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseWe’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central, and I recently read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our last attempt resulted in a yield of exactly four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripened one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They tasted delicious, but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato was like giving a peanut to an elephant.

If you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2012 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 19, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes). At 1:30 pm it’s either Organic Gardening or Rainwater Harvesting, depending on which of their schedules you believe.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, KHFM, Fano Bread, and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 19, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2011

August 17, 2011 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2011 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 21, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic
  • Free gardening seminars at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101); 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes); 1:30 pm (Organic Gardening)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 21, 2011
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2010

August 16, 2010 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2010 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 22, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers  lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic and gardening seminars with tips on growing tomatoes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 22 2010
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Cheap Event: 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta

August 19, 2009 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons license

Fruit or vegetable? Who cares! At this time of year, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you worship tomatoes like we do at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this cheap event.

The 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 23, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center. Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers a ton of activities for a paltry $5 admission fee (adults), and kids age 12 and under are FREE!

Here’s a sampling of what you can expect:

  • Tomato tastings, including heirloom and rare varieties, plus tomato dishes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Informational seminars
  • Farmer’s market with fresh produce for sale
  • Garden and crafts fair with plants and crafts
  • Kids’ Corner with free activities
  • Tours of the Albuquerque Garden Center’s Display Gardens
  • Live music
  • …and much more!

This event is sponsored by Montaño Acura, High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, Big I 107.9, The New 104.7, and Progressive Talk AM1350.

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE (at Eubank), Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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