Tomato extravaganza

Tomatoes are the most beloved of our homegrown produce. Find out how you can win a copy of the newest and greatest book on tomatoes, Craig LeHoullier’s Epic Tomatoes, on #groundchat this Friday, June 26, 2015 on Twitter’s #groundchat at 2 pm EST.

Craig LeHoullier Epic Tomatoes

Gorgeous, glorious tomatoes. I owe a year’s college tuition to tomatoes. While at university decades ago, I snagged a summer job working with Heinz, the ketchup people. I spent a wonderful summer in Leamington, Ontario cross-pollinating tomatoes, walking across tomato fields and meeting all kinds of people whose livelihood depended on tomatoes. It was also a coming-of-age summer. I owe tomatoes a great deal.


Tomatoes are not only big business, but also the most beloved of our homegrown produce. So on this Friday’s #groundchat, June 26, 2015 at 2 pm EST, Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, chats about perfect soil conditions for growing tomatoes as well as his favourite tomatoes.


Craig LeHoullier passion for collecting, researching and growing hundreds of varieties of tomatoes led him to write Epic Tomatoes. How To Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time (published by Storey Publishing, 256 pages, 2015 ). Craig is not only an active member in the Seed Savers Exchange, but also writes a regular newsletter and blog at From the Vine. Craig lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan and a hodgepodge of dogs and cats. He’s the perfect guy to talk about tomatoes on #groundchat!


Craig has planned a book giveaway on #groundchat! Craig plans to give a signed copy of Epic Tomatoes to a #groundchat participant. How to you get a chance to win Craig’s marvelous book?

“If you want a free book,” says Craig. “Tweet your favorite tomato recipe – I will choose the one that sounds the best as the winner at the end of #groundchat.”


My favourite tomato recipe? A scrumptious summer salad.

Tomato-and-avocado salad

4 to 6 serving



2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

3 drops red pepper sauce

2 medium avocados, cubed

3 tablespoons of ready made crumbled bacon

2 medium tomatoes, cut into ¼ -inches pieces

1 small onion, finely chopped

salad greens.


Mix oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper sauce; pour over avocados in a glass bowl. Toss. Stir in bacon, tomatoes and onion. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours. Just before serving, place tomato-avocado mix on the salad greens with a slotted spoon. Tuck in and enjoy. I hope you’ll enjoy the salad as much as I do.


But I won’t be tossing my recipe into the #groundchat draw pot. I already have a copy of Craig’s book!


Join us on #groundchat on Twitter at 2 pm EST this Friday. You’ll be a tomato fan by hook or by crook.


Cristina twitter handle:                    @CristinaGardens

Craig LeHoullier twitter handle:      @nctomatoman

Written by Cristina da Silva
Thursday, June 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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  1. I love tomatoes but gave up growing them. Too much drama and disease. I let the tomato guy at the Farmers Market do it for me. :o)

  2. Jim says:

    Found this book at the library and read it! Excellent with focus on heirlooms and I depth info on author’s top cultivar picks.

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