Tomato Tasting—September 12, 2020


  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • LGVC open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Event at Heritage Farm

Sample dozens of open-pollinated heirloom tomatoes—including favorites and rare varieties from SSE’s seed bank—at our annual FREE Tomato Tasting event. Attend demonstrations, judge a salsa contest, and celebrate fall in our beautiful gardens.

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hayrides (last hayride goes out at 4:15 pm)
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Tomato Tasting
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Salsa Contest (Register your homemade salsa)
  • 1:30 pm Tomato Seed Processing Workshop with Rochelle Wiedenhoeft and Cody Egan
  • 2:30 pm Seed Savers Exchange Evaluation Garden Tour with Steffen Mirsky
  • 3:30 pm Recreating Classic Tomato Recipes: A Food Demo and Tasting with Kathryn Gilbery

Enter Oneota Community Food Co-op’s Salsa Contest, held here at our annual Tomato Tasting. Pre-registration is required to compete in the Salsa Contest.

Register your homemade salsa for the Salsa Contest

Heritage Farm is just outside Decorah, Iowa.

Why not make a weekend of your trip to Decorah?

  • Stay the night
  • Eat in town
  • If you have questions about this event, contact our customer service staff:

  • Send us a note
  • Call us at 563-382-5990
  • Workshop Presenters

    Rochelle Wiedenhoeft

    Rochelle Wiedenhoeft

    SSE Collection Field Coordinator

    Rochelle manages Collection seed regenerations at SSE. She studied Biology and Ethnobotany at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and has a background in sustainable agriculture. She loves working with and learning from seeds, especially when seed processing and cleaning.

    Cody Egan

    Cody Egan

    SSE Catalog Field Coordinator

    Cody oversees catalog seed production at SSE. He has almost a decade of experience in organic agriculture, with the lionshare in diversified vegetable crop production. He loves the ability seeds have to reconnect us to a specific time and place; a certain soil and season during which that seed, and the memories associated with it, were grown.

    Steffen Mirsky

    Steffen Mirsky

    SSE Evaluation and Trials Manager

    Since Steffen joined the team in 2011, he has helped document about 6,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables from the Seed Savers Exchange collection. He also manages the Citizen Science Corps, where participants from around the country trial varieties from the collection and send feedback on their performance. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steffen got his feet wet in agriculture through the WWOOF program and has a passion for the natural world and sustainable food systems.

    Kathryn Gilbery

    Kathryn Gilbery

    SSE Exchange and Outreach Coordinator

    Kathryn is enamored with all things gardening and culinary, which makes Seed Savers Exchange the perfect place for her to work! Kathryn coordinates the Exchange (SSE’s gardener-to-gardener seed swap), the Seed Trade Census, and leads tours and workshops throughout the year.