Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival


Last Saturday, we ventured out to Red Fire Farm for their 14th annual Tomato Festival. It was our first time. While we’ve lived in the Valley for a decade, you know how these things go, end of summer beach trips and family outings fill our schedule.

We packed the car with baby gear and left early afternoon. Despite our late start mixed with the gloomy day, the farm was still hopping when we arrived. If you were there and bypassed the long line for the famous tomato tasting, you likely went early or know someone who knows someone who…or more likely you waited awhile or went and picked your own tomatoes in the fields out back then waited again in line. With an eleven-month in tow, we went straight to the food tent to order wood-fired Margherita pizza from The Laughing Tomato and local Harmony Springs Birch Beer.

While the pizza cooked we hung out near the music stage, bouncing and swaying to Tim Erikson & Trio’s alternative folk songs. I ordered corn and potatoes from  the Farm’s tent then wandered out front to check out guest chef Lourdes Smith’s (owner of Fiore di Nonno, Somerville) homemade mozzarella class, spy the tomato prize winners, and peek behind the Vegetable Freak Show curtain. 

On my way back to the lawn to catch the last of Erikson’s set, I sampled edible flowers in the field and met up with my husband and son before we headed home. The pizza and vegetables were worth the wait, and from the looks of it, so were the tomatoes. 


Nikki Gardner

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