The Franklin Farmers Market will host its 6th annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 8am, hosted by market sponsor, Amerigo Italian Restaurant. Farmers will vie for the best tasting tomato in the popular taste test judged by local celebrity judges, and children will have many free activities for fun and entertainment, including free face painting by Maribelle the clown.
Customers will be in for a real treat with free tomato tasting from our local farmers. Amerigo Chef Steven Robilio will delight us with his famous menu with free samples made from ingredients from our farmers, and no one will want to miss the tomato tasting contest.
“The farmers market summer season is in full swing now that the “queen” of the farm has made her way to the market. Everyone waits for the perfect homegrown tomato and that wait is finally over! We are honored to have the largest selection of farmers in middle TN in one location, and proud to be a producers only market. You won’t find a better tasting homegrown tomato than right here in Franklin, grown by the farmers who are here,” says Franklin Farmers Market Event Coordinator, Ryan Palmer.
It’s a family affair at the Franklin Tomato Festival with free children’s activities, free samples from Amerigo, tomato tastings and locally grown tomatoes from our farmers picked less than 48 hours before the event. You can’t find better, homegrown event than the Franklin Tomato Festival!
Festival attendees can enjoy all that our market has to offer- fresh, locally grown produce, locally made artisan goods and local food trucks for breakfast and lunch. Admission to the festival and the market is free.
This years Tomato Festival Judges are:
Chef Matthew Antonovich-Proprietor of Trattoria A
Shelly Robertson Birdsong-Owner and Publisher of Robertson Media Group
Ali Gensert-Marketing Director of Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Theresa Mascola-Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor for Williamson County Parks and Recreation
Lynne McAlister, Planning and Fundraising for the Heritage Ball
Ernie Reynolds, owner of Outdoor Classic Structures in Historic Downtown Franklin.
State Representative Charles Sargent-State Farm agent
Rick Warwick-Editor of the Williamson County Historical Society Journal.
The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm behind the Factory in Franklin, TN. The market is a 15 yr old producers only market with the largest assembly of local farmers providing fresh farm food all year long each Saturday morning. Find us at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory. Visit us online at www.franklinfarmersmarket.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest market news.