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Hottest tomatoes, perfect peppers and cool cukes


June 24, 2010
By Dave Harrison

June
24,
2010, Leamington, Ont. – REACH International hosted its fourth annual
“Who’s
the Hottest Tomato” Competition last weekend during the Leamington Fair,
and
introduced two new competitions: “The Perfect Pepper” and “The Coolest
Cucumber.”


June 24,
2010, Leamington, Ont. – REACH International hosted its fourth annual “Who’s
the Hottest Tomato” Competition last weekend during the Leamington Fair, and
introduced two new competitions: “The Perfect Pepper” and “The Coolest
Cucumber.” The biggest greenhouse industry growers, marketers and suppliers
participated in the annual competitions which celebrate Essex County as home to
the largest greenhouse industry in North America.

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The judging
was conducted in two stages.

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Among those
at the awards reception were: (front row, kneeling) Sara DiMambro, Nicholas Baeini
and
Megan Pickersgill from Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET, and Marra Gualtieri
from
Mucci International/Mucci Pac; (back row) Cristopher Baeini, Rod Baeini,
Ashley
Sarros and Nancy Pickersgill from Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET, Nada
Gualtieri
from Mucci International/Mucci Pac, Jody Flaming from Amco Produce, and
Cindy
Mueller from Fisherville Greenhouses. Missing from photo were
representatives
from Westmoreland/Topline, Pure Hothouse Foods and Clifford Produce
Sales.

PHOTO
COURTESY REACH INTERNATIONAL

A panel of
expert judges, representing local restaurants, food markets and food
processors, government specialists, and a food writer from the Windsor Star, weighed
in with their assessment of the 82 entries.

As well,
565 people voted for their favourites in the “People’s Choice” awards.

The net
proceeds from this event will be used for REACH’s main project in Uganda.

Winners
included:

 

PERFECT
PEPPER

• Best Overall Pepper — Pure Hothouse Foods
specialty sweet pepper, an exclusive Pure Flavour Pepper.

• People’s Choice — Mucci International/Mucci Pac – “Rustico”
specialty sweet pepper.

• Best Green Bell Pepper — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET® .                  

• Best Red Bell Pepper — Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET.

• Best Yellow Bell Pepper —
Mucci International/Mucci Pac.

• Best Orange Bell Pepper —
Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET.

• Best Specialty Sweet Pepper — Pure Hothouse
Foods, an exclusive Pure Flavour Pepper.

• Best Specialty Hot Pepper — Westmoreland/Topline Produce.

 

COOLEST CUCUMBER

• Best Overall Cucumber — Clifford Produce – mini seedless
cucumber.

• People’s Choice — Westmoreland/Topline Produce – English seedless
cucumber.

• Best English Seedless Cucumber — Mucci
International/Mucci Pac.

• Best Mini Seedless Cucumber —
Clifford Produce.

 

HOTTEST TOMATO COMPETITION

• Best Overall Tomato —
Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET – “Zima” specialty tomato.

• People’s Choice — Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET – “Zima” specialty
tomato.

• Best Beefsteak Tomato —
Fisherville Greehouses .

• Best Roma Tomato —
Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET – “Romana.”

• Best Cluster/T.O.V. Tomato — AMCO Produce .

• Best Cocktail Tomato — Mastronardi
Produce/SUNSET – “Campari.”

• Best Bite-Size Tomato — Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET –
“Splendido.”

• Best Specialty Tomato — Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET – “Zima”
specialty tomato.

New this
year, people were able to purchase produce at the fair’s Greenhouse Farmers
Market. The produce was donated by the contestants. In light of the recent
tornado that devastated parts of Leamington, REACH donated all market
proceeds to assist storm victims. Unsold produce was donated to the Salvation
Army Foodbank.

REACH
is a small charity run entirely by local volunteers. It has raised several
thousands of dollars to build schools and clinics, drill water wells, and
sponsor and care for impoverished children in Uganda. The program guarantees
that 100 per cent of child-sponsorship dollars goes to help children. “We do
separate fundraisers, such as this one, to raise money for operating expenses,”
says event organizer, Nicole Barron. “Since we’re all volunteers, our expenses
are very low. Whatever we raise beyond those expenses also goes to our
projects.”

Results and
more pictures for the event can be found at www.hottesttomato.com or for more
information about REACH International, visit www.reachint.org.


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