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15th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
Aug 15, 2023 --

On Saturday, August 19th the Carroll County Farmer’s Market will feature the Master Gardeners’ 15th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. Hours are 8am-1pm.

There will be around 50 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes to taste.  To be considered an heirloom tomato, the plants must be open pollinated, which means by the wind or insects, and has existed for at least 50 years.  The Master Gardeners will provide information on how to grow heirloom tomatoes and have heirloom seeds for customers to take home and grow next year.  In addition to the fresh tomato tasting, available for sampling, as well as recipe cards. 

Many varieties of tomatoes will be available to sample and compare: Green Tomatoes, Black Tomatoes, Pink Tomatoes, Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, Striped Tomatoes. Lots of food dishes are on hand to taste as well as recipes cards to take home. This is a really great celebration of the many uses of tomatoes. The event is a must see for any tomato lover. Be sure to come early, however, because the samples ran out early last year.

Regular market vendors will provide tomatoes for purchase, including many heirlooms. All other local produce is also available, as well as watermelons, corn, farm fresh beef, pork, lamb, and The Hen’s Nest farm fresh eggs.

Our food stands provide home baked goods, including cakes, pies, scones, cookies, breads, rolls and biscotti. You will also find jams and jellies, dips, honey, nuts, and more.

Each week the craft vendors provide an assortment of handmade crafts. Items available include seasonal decorations, fabric crafts, jewelry, photography, painted wood crafts, pottery, and more.

The Carroll County Farmers Market is located at:

Carroll County Agriculture Center

700 Agriculture Center Dr.

Westminster, MD 21157

The Summer Market is open every Saturday through September 4th.

Hours are 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Parking and Admission are FREE.

We are handicapped accessible.

Busses are welcome.

Follow the signs to “Ag Center”.

For more info call Anita at 410-848-7748 or check out our website at