September 8, 2006 Friday 3PM CT
Tomatoes the vivacious fruit that tempts eaters and gardeners alike. This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean and her guest discuss heirloom tomatoes and their legacy of deliciousness.
- Diane Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange co-founder
- Lawrence Davis-Hollander, author of The Tomato Festival Cookbook
- Marcy 9/20/06: "Your show on heirloom tomatoes was wonderful. They taste better than anything commercially available, but they are indeed weird: soft, poor shelf life, strange shapes, hence the high price at local farmer markets (and well worth it). My advice to folks who have to buy tomatoes at the local grocery, is to buy those with the weirdest shapes, and imperfections, for the best flavor."
- Eric 9/8/06: "We are here right now boxing up over 500 boxes of 25 varieties of Heirloom tomatoes for farmers market, including several varieties from Seed Savers Exchange. The flavor and beauty of heirloom tomatoes is unsurpassed in the vegetable world. I think that the major farms and food companies have done us all a disservice by breeding bland tomatoes in the name of profits, but thankfully, people like Diane are here to help save us from a flavorless world."