Tomato and Garlic Day at Phipps is Aug 25 and helps food bank. Taste Doug’s Ultimate Garlic Lover’s Soup too!

Posted on: August 14, 2019 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

The 15th Annual Tomato and Garlic Day will be held Sunday August 25, 2019 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 11 a.m until 4 p.m. and our Doug Oster will be there all day.

Donate your fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at this year's Tomato and Garlic Day held at Phipps.

Donate your fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at this year’s Tomato and Garlic Day held at Phipps.

He’s one of the founders of the event started as a way to support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank with donations of fresh produce from gardeners.

Tomato and Garlic Day is free, but gardeners who bring their garden vegetables get free admission to the conservatory and can see the Summer Flower Show, “Van Gogh In Bloom,” which is spectacular. We are trying to surpass last year’s donations of 1500 pounds.

The food bank serves a variety of clients and there’s nothing like the nutritious vegetables which come right from the garden. The working poor, children and seniors will all benefit from a donation from gardeners.

There’s an outdoor market with local and organic goods featuring olive oils, pastas, breads, garlic, jarred items, vinegars, seasonal fruits and vegetables, ceramics all available for purchase.

I’ll be there all day serving my Ultimate Garlic Lovers Soup, if you dare to try some. I’ll also be giving  away beautiful tiles made in Italy while they last that are decorated with a garlic and tomato theme.

Donate your fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at this year's Tomato and Garlic Day held at Phipps.

Donate your fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at this year’s Tomato and Garlic Day held at Phipps.

Stephanie Oster gets $25 from dad to dress up like a tomato each year at Tomato and Garlic Day. Photo by Paul g. Wiegman

Stephanie Oster gets $25 from dad to dress up like a tomato each year at Tomato and Garlic Day. Photo by Paul g. Wiegman

Kids will enjoy the Pot-A-Plant activity.

Dr. Phipps onsite to answer gardening questions.

Live broadcast from WISH 99.7 FM from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Culinary Classes ongoing in Botany Hall Kitchen during event (R.S.V.P. required prior to event).

As always I’ll be paying my daughter $25 to dress up as a tomato!

Suggested donation items are hardy foods that travel well, examples:
carrots, peppers, zucchini, celery, onions, garlic, beets, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes and tomatoes.

You can help the hungry and enjoy a special day with other like mined people. Hope to see you there.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”