It's officially tomato season in Virginia. That means it's time to get out the Duke's mayo, celebrate locally grown tomatoes and feast on the fruit that the Supreme Court legally declared a vegetable.
What makes our local tomatoes special: Soil is the unverified lore. Central Virginia, and Hanover County soil specifically, with its mix of sand, Virginia red clay, dirt and (probably) tears, gives our legally declared vegetable its bright color and vibrant flavor, growers say.
- And the next two weeks are filled with tomato celebrations and events where you can taste for yourself.
The Hanover Tomato Festival — the granddaddy of our local tomato love, now in its 44th year — takes place Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon at Pole Green Park.
- Admission is free, and there will be tomatoes for sale, plus tomato-themed dishes.