MONTICELLO — Heirloom tomatoes will be on the menu as part of “Tomatoes at the Trotter”, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Trotter House bed-and-breakfast, the UAM School of Agriculture and the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The historic Trotter House is located at 404 N. Main St., in Monticello.
The event includes a full tomato dinner prepared by Chef Doug Spharler of Aramark Food Services and an heirloom tomato tasting and appearance evaluation. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner as well as heirloom tomato recipes, heirloom tomato seeds, and tomato samples to take home.
Robert Stark, professor of agriculture at UAM, will discuss the market options available for growers of heirloom tomatoes.
“Heirloom tomatoes are any open-pollinated traditional variety that is at least 50 years old or older,” said Stark. “There are over 100 heirloom tomato varieties available.”
The event is part of an heirloom tomato project being conducted by the UAM School of Agriculture and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to evaluate the production and marketing possibilities of heirloom tomato varieties.
To reserve tickets for “Tomatoes at the Trotter,” call Jill Pennington in the School of Agriculture at 870-460-1091. Tickets will be available at the door.