July 27, 2012

Capay Tomato Festival 2012 - Our Thanks & Winners!

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 5th-Annual Capay Tomato Festival in support of the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP).

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Opening our farm for monthly farm tours and events like our Capay Tomato Festival never ceases to move us, and remind us how very important and humbling it is to share this land with you, our community, the folks that allow us to continue growing organic fruits and vegetables and continue growing our work for a better, more sustainable food system for all. 

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Thank you to all who joined us and helped to make this event such a success!   We want to once again thank our amazing employees for their hard work in readying and sharing our farm with visitors.  Many, many thanks go to all the amazing companies, organizations and individuals who donated to our Silent Auction benefiting the KBNP.  We are so very grateful!

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

We’d also like to thank the many partners who made the event delicious and fun...

Tacos Jesus Maria, Caffe Italia and Cracchiolo’s Market for the amazing local tacos, wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches; The Pleasant Valley Boys, Miss Lonely Hearts and Old Man Markley for their amazing talents that set the day to music. 

Add to that The Pop Nation for their refreshing popsicles; Seka Hills and Whole Vine for sharing their olive and grapeseed oils and Bay Area Bee Company for honey tasting; Dilly Dally the Clown for creative face painting, Harmony Henna for their original henna tattoos; and the Health Education Council for providing delicious, healthy recipe ideas!

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

As visitors danced around the twinkle-lit stage late into the night, little ones fell asleep in chairs with dirty little feet hanging over the edges. As the festival wound down, you could hear those not staying to camp marveling at the stars as they headed back to their cars.  Still today, there is quite a buzz around the farm about the fun times that were had by all.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to help us celebrate all things tomato – and to make that connection between the sustainable organic food we grow and the food you all enjoy.

Be sure to check out our photos from the event and keep reading for the Tomato Tasting and Best Picnic Winners!



Tomato tasting is one of the highlights of the Capay Tomato Festival. Visitors are invited to taste and vote on their favorite heirloom and cherry tomatoes from over a dozen varieties. 

In fact - we enjoyed over 750lbs of tomatoes for the event! {drum roll} This year’s winner in the heirloom category is...

Brandywine — full and rich, not too sweet or too acidic.

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

In the cherry tomato category, the Sungold cherry tomato — light orange colored, thin-skinned and very sweet, was crowned winner once again after giving up its title last year to Chiquita.



It was not easy choosing a Best Guest Picnic Contest winner - in fact, it was near impossible to decide and required bringing in additional people to take part in tie-breaking!

This year’s Guest Best Picnic is awarded to Tom and Company who displayed a great variety of goodies including cured meats, olives and artichokes, fresh fruits and cheeses, wine and beer, an assortment of handmade salads, cookies and muffins, and even a pie for Tom — the birthday boy! Congrats Tom, and thank you to all who joined in on the picnicking fun!

2012 Capay Tomato Festival Best Guest Picnic Contest

Congrats Tom and Company for winning three Farm Fresh To You deliveries!  You can see more picnic contest photos on our flickr page and see to whom we awarded honorable mention prizes! We just couldn't help ourselves!  http://bit.ly/picnicshots 

Thank you to all who participated - Hope to see you again next year!