Tomato Day will take place this Saturday, July 12, at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market in Carrboro Town Commons.

Carrboro Farmer’s Market Manager, Erin Jobe, says that this season is shaping up to have a vast number of different types of tomatoes market patrons can try for themselves.

“We have 95 tomato varieties this season; customers will get a chance to taste a selection of those at market.” says Jobe. “It’s a big, festive day with live music and a raffle where you can enter to win all kinds of prizes from local businesses as well.”

Jobe says Tomato Day has become the biggest day of each year for the farmer’s market because of how well they grow in the area, and is “something that everybody looks forward to.” She says they taste so much better when grown locally.

She says there will also be many opportunities for fun for the kids in the area, with face painting, temporary tattoos, and other such activities. Customers will also receive raffle tickets when they purchase something from the businesses at the event. There is even set to be tomato ice cream, and tomato beer.

She says as visitors go and taste the huge variety of tomatoes, there will be an incentive to return for more later on this season.

“The real star of the show is obviously the tomatoes,” says Jobe. “One thing we do is, after you sample them all, you’ll get a list of which growers have what varieties, and then you can go find them throughout the season.”

Tomato Day will commence at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.