UAM to host ‘Tomatoes at the Trotter’ event

MONTICELLO — Heirloom tomatoes will be on the menu as part of the third annual “Tomatoes at the Trotter” at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Trotter House bed-and-breakfast at 404 North Main in Monticello.

Sponsored by the UAM School of Agriculture and the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center, the event includes a full tomato dinner prepared by Chef Doug Spharler of Aramark Food Services and an heirloom tomato-tasting and appearance evaluation. Heirloom tomatoes are any open-pollinated traditional variety at least 50 years old or older.

Leah Forrest Sexton of Henderson State University, a former Warren resident who recently completed her master’s thesis on the historical impact of the pink tomato industry on southeast Arkansas society, will serve as guest speaker.

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.

Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner as well as tomato recipes and growing tips.

To reserve tickets for “Tomatoes at the Trotter,” call Jill Curtis in the School of Agriculture at 870-460-1091. Tickets will be available at the door. All ticket proceeds benefit the UAM School of Agriculture scholarship fund with a portion of the ticket cost tax-deductible.