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The Lebanon Downtown Farmers’ Market and the Santiam Food Alliance invite you to admire, taste, and stock up on tomatoes at the market on Tomato Day, Thursday, August 22. Throughout the market hours of 2 to 6 p.m., Lisa Almarode of Fairweather Farm will give tastings of dozens of unusual and often beautiful tomato varieties from her own garden and from other local farms and gardens. An Oregon State University Extension Master Food Preserver will offer information on drying tomatoes and canning them—whole or in pieces, as pizza or spaghetti sauce, as ketchup, as juice, as salsa, and even as marmalade or preserves.  A Master Gardener will provide advice on growing tomatoes, and volunteers will offer free samples of tomato-based foods.

The Lebanon Downtown Farmers’ Market happens every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. between late May and late October at the corner or Grant and Main, Lebanon. On Tomato Day as throughout the season, tomatoes will be available for sale from several of the market’s participating farmers.

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