Those tomatoes growing in your backyard garden right now could be a "cash crop" in a few weeks.
Town & Country Village shopping center is sponsoring Sacramento TomatoFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7, offering $500 in prize money to the winners in three categories: largest tomato, smallest tomato and ugliest tomato. The tomatoes must be ripe.
For pre-registration, contestants will find a form at www.theterracecuisine.com. Or register your tomatoes in person by 9:30 a.m. at the center on the day of the contest.
Bonus: TomatoFest also will feature a number of local restaurant chefs competing for a trophy and bragging rights as they prepare their best salsa, bruschetta and tomato soup (hot or cold). Samples will be available as long as supplies last.
And: wine-tasting, live music and demonstrations by master gardeners.
For more information: (916) 933-4056.