How Do You Make a Tomato? A Talk and Tasting


Indie tomato breeder Fred Hempel discusses his newest tomato varieties, Blush and Green Bee, at a talk and tasting called Blush and Green Bee: Unconventional Tomatoes Bred by Traditional Partnerships.

“These are unconventional tomatoes bred by traditional partnerships,” says Hempel, who developed the new varieties in partnerships with his two kids. Alex helped with the creation of Blush, and Nicole in the creation of Green Bee.

“I will also be introducing our most exciting new variety—Benevento—at this event. It’s a red beefsteak slicer tomato with yellow stripes.”

Hempel will have displays with many of the tomatoes he has bred over the years, and he will also be offering samples of Blush, Green Bee, and Benevento after the talk.

The venue, Moss Gallery, is also a partnership of sorts. “Stacey Moss is a long-time customer of mine who I met at the 2016 Edible East Bay event that I did with tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar.”

Blush and Green Bee: Unconventional Tomatoes Bred by Traditional Partnerships
Saturday, August 7, 1–2pm.
Tomato Tasting will follow the talk.
Moss Gallery, 2980 College Ave. Berkeley
Cost: free
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To learn more about Fred Hempel’s work in breeding new tomatoes, read our 2016 article, The Art of Tomato Breeding, and you’ll also want to try these recipes, created by chef Anthony Paone with Hempel’s tomatoes.