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Ag leaders to mark International Tomato Throwing Day in Bismarck

By Staff | Aug 22, 2020

BISMARCK In demonstration of united support to local farmers, farmers markets and healthy food for all North Dakota, North Dakota Department of Agriculture and USDA have teamed together with North Dakota Farmers Market Growers Association to participate in International Tomato Throwing Day. Leaders from each agency have volunteered to have tomatoes thrown at them.

The tomato pelting event takes place today, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. at Gateway Mall, Bismarck.

In the spirit of keeping customers and volunteers healthy due to COVID safety considerations, tomatoes will not be available for public throwing. We have lined up volunteers to throw tomatoes for a spectator event.

North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Soil Conservation Committee, FaRRMS and Strengthen ND will be on hand to kick off the celebration by throwing the first tomatoes. Meghan Laudenschlager, Strengthen ND, will serve as Leader of Ceremonies

Why are are tomatoes going to be thrown? Because the famous La Tomatina Festival in Spain celebrates throwing tomatoes in August simply for fun, and we can all use a little fun this summer.

There will be produce vendors, cotton candy, lemonade, cookies and more. The Hearty Heifer Food Truck and Simply Sugar were recently added to the vendor list.

All Bismarck Farmers Markets have been invited to set their markets up at Gateway mall as a celebration for Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy Communities. A paid member of any North Dakota farmers’ market is a welcome guest of Capital Farmer’s Market for the day. Other vendors for the day, may pay a $20 day fee.

Tomatoes may be harmed during this event, but they will be composted for healthy soils. The fruits will be the non-marketable tomatoes donated by Capital Farmers’ Market Vendors.

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