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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
September 2015					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

This past August 26 the great tomato tasting event was again held at the Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Pittstown. Over 60 hybrid and heirloom varieties along with basil and honey were available for sampling. Tomatoes fare similarly to grapes, often the hot dry weather accentuates flavors and aromas making for an absolutely delectable experience. The same with peppers, the sweetness right now gives the impression of eating candy. It’s become almost a tradition at GOSV to also conduct an end of summer tomato tasting and though we may not sample 60 varieties we sure can try. And as the weather continues to remain unseasonable warm and dry most tomatoes should maintain peak flavor until next week’s meeting. Please let Dottie Wright know what types you are planning to bring and if you have basil, peppers or any extra fruit or vegetables, bring it on, the more the merrier.

The rest of the meeting is usually spent talking about everyone’s experiences this growing season and to brainstorm ideas for programs and activities the balance of the year. Basically, the evening is a time for fellowship, chatting and catching up.

Just a quick note, thank you to Susannah and Jerry O’Brien, the summer picnic was as magnificent as the weather that day. Also it was great to see the wonderful flower beds and how orphan flowers from the plant swap found a beautiful new home.

Thank you Marty for the final July tour of your amazing Hillsborough property, and to Larry for leading a pleasant stroll through his impeccable gardens.

Looking forward to a big turnout next week and skip dessert to save some room for tomatoes.

Regards, Mitch.