For several years, Bradford Research Center has hosted a “Tomato Festival.” Each year we grow more 100 different kinds of tomatoes that include popular garden types and the old varieties that our grandparents grew (heirlooms). We have a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. We also grow a wide assortment of more than 60 types of peppers that range from the mild bell peppers to the flaming hot habeneros. In early September of each year we invite the public out to sample the different tomatoes. We also invite several different restaurants, including Campus Dining, to create salsas made from the different tomatoes and peppers. Participants also enjoy talks given by MU Faculty on tomato and pepper culture including staking and mulching.
This was a fabulous festival! My husband & I enjoyed sampling varieties of tomatoes and peppers as well as salsas provided by area restaurants. The chocolate capsaicin ice cream concocted by a High School culinary arts student was awesome, very yin-yang...cold & hot! We have attended numerous Tomato Festivals there and always pick up new information regarding tomato varieties and growing tips. Thanks Bradford Farm for hosting this event.... it takes a lot of hard work growing and tending the tomato and pepper varieties and organizing the event but it is greatly appreciated! Susan & Pedro :)