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TOMATOLICIOUS. Savor Tomato Season at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

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Enjoy locally grown tomatoes at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at Tomatolicious. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 between 10 am-2 pm at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street.  This tomato-centric event features an heirloom tomato tasting, corn roast, raffles, giveaways, recipes and tips, kids activities including a veggie puppet show, and a performance by local bluegrass favorite Old Habits.

The arrival of the locally grown tomato is cause for celebration!  Market farmers specialize in unique heirloom varieties known for their unique flavors like the bright orange Kellogg’s Breakfast and the striped Green Zebra, unlike many store-bought varieties grown for durability and uniformity. This festival challenges event-goers to taste the difference.

Shoppers will be able to experience the variety and quality of locally grown tomatoes—an assortment of the over 30 different varieties grown by market farmers will be sampled between 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Chef Chad McIntyre of Market Restaurant will be on-site grilling corn and other summer favorites. An array of tomato-inspired lunch options will also include buku’s grilled sirloin burger served with local heirloom tomatoes and house made local tomato ketchup.  Local lunch vendors include:
·         Catering for a Cause
·         Market Restaurant
·         Sarah Cecilia Good Food Company
·         zpizza

Every vendor will feature a “tomatolicious” item, and when shoppers purchase these featured items they will receive a free raffle ticket to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Market Restaurant and $50 in Market Bucks.

About the Market: Shop at the Market for farm fresh, sustainably-grown produce and artisan food each Wednesday from April 25 through October 31 between 10 am-2 pm at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit RaleighEatLocal.com.

Special Thanks to: The Market is a program produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and is made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market would also like to thank Curtis Media as their media sponsor, Wellness Sponsor Rex Healthcare, and additional support provided by the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District.

About the Downtown Raleigh Alliance: The Alliance is the official nonprofit organization designated to manage and promote downtown as a regional center of commerce, tourism, and livability. Through its dedicated Board of Directors and professional staff, the Alliance team provides a comprehensive array of programs designed to build on the strengths of the downtown business district. The programs are categorized into five main areas: Clean & Safe Ambassadors, Marketing & Events, Economic Development, City Plaza Management, and Advocacy. The Alliance was created in 1996 by a coalition of community advocates, corporate leaders, and government officials. Our website is www.YouRHere.com.



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