Become a Jersey Tomato Advocate: Support Us
The people have spoken! They've tasted their way through tomato after tomato - from supermarkets, farm markets to the garden. Many of these tomatoes leave a lot to be desired, but every once in awhile...you can find that old time Jersey Tomato flavor - tangy and sweet, juicy and delicious! Why is it so hard to find those tomatoes these days?
The Rediscovering the Jersey Tomato project is trying to get tasty tomatoes back in the hands (mouths) of consumers. We're evaluating flavorful varieties that farmers and gardeners can grow. We brought back old time favorites that were off the market - the Ramapo tomato (hybrid developed at Rutgers NJAES) and Moreton tomato (early season hybrid by Harris Seeds). We conduct both public and scientific taste testings to evaluate hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Our research is also looking at growing practices that influence taste - was there something farmers added to their soil that made the Jersey Tomatoes taste so good? We also provide public outreach to consumers via newsletters and this website to give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to develop/grow a tasty tomato.
This consumer-driven research has been resonating with people who want tasty tomatoes. And we are now offering the opportunity for tomato lovers everywhere (you don't have just be from Jersey!) to help supportthese efforts. By providing a tax deductible donation to our tomato research fund, you can help us continue this type of research.
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