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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Times change for three Tomato Day seminars

By Annie Calovich
The Wichita Eagle

Times for three of today’s Tomato Day seminars – on canning, preserving and cooking with the Wichita Country Club executive chef – have been changed.

The new schedule for the seminars in the Sunflower Room: 8:30 to 10 a.m., Damian Lehman, executive chef at Wichita Country Club; 10:30 to 11 a.m., canning Q&A; and 11 a.m. to noon, preserving tomatoes beyond canning.

Other seminars will take place in the Demonstration Garden: 8 a.m., composting demonstration; 8:30 a.m., demonstration-garden tour; 9:15 a.m., shade-tree tour on the grounds (meet in the Meadowlark Room); 9:15 a.m., grilling pizza; 10:30 a.m., raised-bed gardening; 11 a.m., beyond tomatoes – gardening in the fall; and 11:30 a.m., eating seasonally in Kansas, by Natalie Fullerton of the Our Local Food program.

Tomato Day, from 7 a.m. to noon today at the Extension Center at 21st and Ridge Road, will also feature contests, plant-problem diagnosis, fried-green-tomato and salsa tasting, tomato-critter activity for children, garden magazine sale, iris sale by the Wichita Iris Society, and tomato brunch by La Familia Senior Community Center.

If you bring at least 1 pound of produce to the Plant a Row for the Hungry tent for donation to people in need, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a door prize.

Entries will be accepted for these contests: largest tomato, ugliest tomato, best plate of three standard tomatoes, best plate of three Roma or plum tomatoes, best plate of six cherry or pear tomatoes, best cluster of grape tomatoes, best heirloom tomato specimen, best fresh salsa, best preserved salsa. For contest rules, visit

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