Champion Tomatoes, New Composting Business Highlights This Week’s Market Day

Photo: Kimball Fruit Farm’s owner Carl Hills with the hardware. 

Champion tomatoes and a successful composting company with a fanatical following in its hometown of Portland, Maine highlight this week’s Belmont Farmers Market that takes place today, Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Belmont Center municipal parking lot at the corner of Cross Street and Channing Road.

The market’s hours are 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Long-time Belmont market day vendor Kimball Fruit Farm won multiple top five prizes at the 31st annual state Tomato Contest held this week at the Boston Public Market. A total of 92 entries from 28 different farms competed in four categories: cherry tomato, heirloom tomato, field and slicing tomato, and heaviest tomato.

The Pepperall-farm won first place in heaviest with a weight of 2.68 pounds, second and fifth in the heirloom category with the Mortgage Lifter and the Cherokee Purple.

Kimball Fruit Farm is a third generation family run farm owned and operated by Carl and Marie Hills. 

A new company will be introducing their unique composting service to Belmont residents.

Garbage to Garden will swap your bucket of food waste from the curb weekly for a fresh, clean bucket and, if requested, a bag of compost. This is a new service to Massachusetts with Belmont and Arlington being the first communities to be served by the Portland, Maine firm, which in its hometown has one-in-seven households participating in the service.

At the market today: tomatoes and corn, basil, the last of the blueberries and the first of grapes, great produce, wine and sundries. 

Community Table
  • 2 p.m.: Kids’ program: Passport for Produce. The market will be collecting passports and awarding prizes – plus a scavenger hunt. 

Schedule of Events

  • 2 p.m.: Branson Bofat will perform a mix of acoustic blues, finger-style guitar instrumentals, and other classic country favorites. 
  • 4 p.m.: Storytime by the Belmont Public Library
  • 4:30 p.m.: The String Beans: The young musicians are students of Deborah Boykan (Belmont) and Colleen McGrary (Powers Music School) including three of the younger string players who will form a trio.
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