Tomatoes will be judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape. The contest is sponsored by the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Mass Farmers’ Markets and hosted by the Boston Public Market Association and The Trustees. This friendly contest is open to commercial tomato growers and is designed to increase consumer’s awareness of local agriculture.

Schedule of Events:

Tomato trphies

9:00 am to 10:45 am – Tomato drop-off and registration

11:00 am – Judging of tomatoes by panel of experts

1:00 pm– Presentation of awards

Tomato Contest Criteria

  • Flavor: 10 points possible. The perfect tomato should have a strong tomato taste, be slightly acidic, juicy and fresh tasting with a tender skin.
  • Firmness/Slicing Quality: 5 points possible. A desirable tomato should have a dense uniform thick wall with many seed cavities, completely filled with a jelly-like mass. The firmness of the tomato should be pleasing, not too mushy and not too hard. It should be such that it will bruise if dropped, yet is not over-ripe.
  • Exterior Color: 5 points possible. The winning tomato has a uniform color, is free of green shoulders and has no evidence of blotchy ripening or other defects.
  • Shape: 5 points possible. Tomatoes come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the variety. Their shape should be symmetrical, but most important, the tomatoes in each entry should be uniform in size.

PRIZES: First, second, and third place tomato trophies will be awarded in all four categories.

Top 5 certificates will also be given in each category.

How to Register

How to Register:

Each farm entry is required to submit a registration form.  All of the required tomato details and categories are explained on the registration form.*A registration form is required with each farm entry.*

Drop-off Locations: If you are unable to bring your entry(s) to Boston, drop them at one of the locations below.

Drop off is scheduled for Monday, August 20th from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the following locations.

Eastern Massachusetts:

Mass Farmers Markets Office, 240 Beaver Street, 2nd Floor, Waltham – 781-893-8222

Central Massachusetts:

Davidian Bros. Farm,  500 Church St, Northboro – 508-393-3444

Western Massachusetts:

MDAR Western MA Office, 101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst, 01002 – 413-548-1900