Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

North Carolina History Museum, Raleigh - 150 Years of Garden History in America - How Does Your Garden Grow?

This will be such fun - a debut of a new talk, focused upon our horticultural history in the US since the mid 1800s, taking a look back on what our great grandparents, grandparents, and parents may have grown - and what our gardening options are today….including what old, timeless varieties are still around. If all goes well, we will have a small tomato tasting as well (depends upon what my garden is producing at the time!).

There will be an opportunity to purchase my books, Epic Tomatoes, and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, as well. (both Storey publishing - cash, check or credit - 20 and 10 dollars respectively).

Here is a link to the event on the venue website - https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/events/150-years-gardening-america-how-does-your-garden-grow

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Aug
18
8:30 AM08:30

Longwood Gardens, 2 events - The Gardener and the Chef, and The Traveling Tomato and other Versatile Veggies

Sunday August 18 from 8:30 AM until noon - The Gardener and the Chef - Heirloom Tomatoes - link to the event is here https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/gardener-and-chef-heirloom-tomatoes-class

Sunday August 18 from 1-4 PM - The Traveling Tomato and other Versatile Veggies https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/traveling-tomato-and-other-versatile-veggies-class

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May
17
to May 18

White Flower Farm, Morris, CT - 14th Annual Great Tomato Celebration

Here is the info from the venue website - https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/tomato-celebration

I will be there for the event, providing talks on all things tomato - 10 AM and 1 PM on Friday, and 10 AM on Saturday - Happy to take all tomato-related questions, I will spend an hour or so taking the audience through some history, stories, and the many aspects of successful tomato growing learned throughout my 40 years of gardening, including usage of containers and straw bales.

All talk attendees will receive informational handouts and a packet of tomato seeds, and I will be happy to sign either of my books (Epic Tomatoes, and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales) that you choose to purchase.

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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Community Gardeners of Rolesville Garden Club - Bring Your Garden to the Sun - Success with Containers and Straw Bales

Come to the Rolesville Town Hall at 7 PM for a workshop on success with using containers and strawbales to grow pretty much anything!

All attendees will receive a packet of seeds, informational handouts, and have the chance to buy my books Epic Tomatoes or Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales - I will take cash, check or credit.

I will also have a nice selection of tomato seedlings for purchase. If you are looking for something specific, email me at nctomatoman@gmail.com and let me know!

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May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Well Fed Garden, Raleigh - Gardening from seed to seed saving

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-from-seed-to-seed-saving-tickets-56507761235

Come on out to Well Fed Garden for a 90 minute hands on workshop, where I take audience members through all things tomato (as well as other crops, but…I have to admit that my first love is tomatoes, of course) - with demos of successful seed starting, transplanting and seed saving, and thorough descriptions of all steps in between….we will to through some tomato history, tell a few stories, then get in to all info needed for successful tomato and other crop growing in our interesting, challenging climate.

I should have a nice selection of tomato, pepper and eggplant (and ground cherry) seedlings for sale, as well as my two books, Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (I will take cash, check and credit card)….each attendee will receive informational handouts and a packet of tomato seeds.

Be sure to bring all of your gardening questions…we will have a blast!

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Apr
13
10:30 AM10:30

USBG, Washington DC - Bring the Garden to the Sun - Success with Containers and Straw Bales

Date and time fixed - event link below. Attendees will receive handouts and a packet of tomato seeds; my books will be available to purchase, and I am happy to sign them.

More details coming - calendar for April is here - https://learn.usbg.gov/calendar?CategoryId=&date=2019-04-01&view=month#legend

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Free Apex NC event - Epic Tomatoes from Your garden...some history, stories and tips for success - register at link below

  • Town of Apex Halle Cultural Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Co sponsored event by Town of Apex, Apex Farmers Market and Apex Garden Club

All attendees get a sample of seeds. I will have my books available for purchase. The possibility of some seedlings to purchase depends upon the weather. I will also have informational handouts.

To get an idea of numbers, there is a link to click to register - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epic-tomatoes-from-your-garden-tickets-59133338407?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening Program - Durham County East Regional Library - Seed Starting 101 and So Much More - Epic Tomatoes and Beyond from Your Garden

Legendary local “NC Tomato Man” Craig LeHouiller returns to present his epic knowledge of all things tomato, but this time with a twist. Craig will share his special procedures for home seed starting, opening up a world of varieties found in seed catalogs and seed libraries. Craig will extend information beyond tomatoes from seed to harvest, including some tips on succeeding with containers and straw bales. Craig’s presentation will include a brief demonstration, handouts, and seeds to share with attendees. His books, “Epic Tomatoes” (20.00) and “Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (10.00) will be available for signing and sale. (cash, check, credit OK). Be sure to bring all of your gardening questions!

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Mar
30
2:30 PM14:30

Garden Program - Durham County Library Southwest - Seed Starting 101 and So Much More - Epic Tomatoes and Beyond from Your Garden

Legendary local “NC Tomato Man” Craig LeHouiller returns to present his epic knowledge of all things tomato, but this time with a twist. Craig will share his special procedures for home seed starting, opening up a world of varieties found in seed catalogs and seed libraries. Craig will extend information beyond tomatoes from seed to harvest, including some tips on succeeding with containers and straw bales. Craig’s presentation will include a brief demonstration, handouts, and seeds to share with attendees. His books, “Epic Tomatoes” (20.00) and “Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (10.00) will be available for signing and sale. (cash, check, credit OK). Be sure to bring all of your gardening questions!

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Mar
29
1:00 PM13:00

Sandhills Horticultural Society Lecture Series - Epic Tomatoes from Your Garden

  • Sandhills Community College - Ball Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Everyone loves to grow tomatoes! I will take the audience on a journey that starts with a bit of history, some stories and great varieties, then progress through ways to succeed in the challenging climate of the Sandhills area of North Carolina. We will talk methods and culture, troubleshooting and diseases, and leave plenty of time for questions.

I will have copies of my books - Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Strawbales - for purchase (20.00 and 10.00, respectively, signed as you wish - cash, check or credit card will be fine). There will be some informational handouts and packets of seeds for all. If all goes well, there may be some seedlings available to purchase as well (it all depends upon the weather that occurs between seed starting time and the event).

I hope to see you there!

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Mar
16
10:45 AM10:45

11th Annual Growing Great Gardens event - Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Taylor Michigan

  • Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Link to the event is here- find all of the info you need!

Event is a partnership between Taylor Garden Club, Taylor Conservatory and Wayne Cty Community College 

My book Epic Tomatoes will be there to purchase and for me to sign.

Each attendee will receive handouts and packets of tomato seeds.

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Mar
7
to Mar 10

42nd annual Builders St. Louis Home and Garden Show - 7 talks spread over 4 days - Tomatoes, and Container/Straw Bale gardening

Website for the event is here. I plan to provide 7 workshops spread out over the event! Here is the link to my talks.

My times and topics are below. - all events on the Lifestyle stage. I will be selling and signing books - each attendee will get handouts and a packet of tomato seeds (many rare, special types)

Schedule:

Thursday

12:00 Growing Veggies in Containers and Straw Bales,  Craig LeHoullier

6:00 Epic Tomatoes for Midwestern Gardens, Craig LeHoullier

Friday

12:00 Epic Tomatoes for Midwestern Gardens, Craig LeHoullier

6:00Growing Veggies in Containers and Straw Bales, Craig LeHoullier

Saturday

12:00 Growing Veggies in Containers and Straw Bales, Craig LeHoullier

5:30 Epic Tomatoes for Midwestern Gardens, Craig LeHoullier

Sunday

12:00 Epic Tomatoes for Midwestern Gardens, Craig LeHoullier

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Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Durham Gardener's Advice Fair - Free event - Sarah P Duke Gardens - I will provide a presentation on Container and Straw Bale Gardening

GARDENERS’ ADVICE FAIR

ASK THE EXPERTS July 24, 2018 6:30-8 pm & free for all

Area experts & garden suppliers answer your questions PRESENTATION Container & Straw Bale Gardening By Craig Lehoulier, NC Tomato Man

Exhibitors include:

• Briggs Avenue Community Garden

• Carolina Farm Stewardship

• Cure Nursery

• Durham County Ext. Master Gardener Volunteers

• Durham Garden Center

• I Must Garden

• Kiefer Nursery

• Multiflora Greenhouses

• New Soil Vermiculture

• Rain Gardens by the Soil & Water Cons. District

• Real Time Pain Relief

• Trees Durham

• Water Conservation & Efficiency Strategies

• Wild Birds Unlimited

Sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum in partnership with Durham County Extension Master Gardeners at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham

WORKSHOPS

Assessing Plant Health Decorating with Succulents & Air Plants

Plant Propagation

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Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Tomato and Wine Dinner, Acme Food and Beverage *** SOLD OUT*** but a dinner was added for Wed July 11

Restaurant website here . Watch for more info - this was just agreed, so much more to come soon.

From Kevin's newsletter

Info on the dinner from Kevin's newsletter

July 5, 2018
 

Greetings from Carrboro,

It wasn’t very far. A half-hour drive at most. Once into South Carolina, the roadside stands appeared one after the other. Peaches and fireworks. My mother was born in peach country - York County to be exact - and was deeply skeptical of any stand too close to a highway. She did not want to buy trucked-in Georgia peaches masquerading as local fruit. My singular focus was the fireworks. It was our pre-July 4th ritual.

We always ate outside on Independence Day. Hamburgers. Potato salad. Baked beans. Peach cobbler with Cool-Whip. Friends came over. It was the only time of year that my mother would buy the gallon jugs of fruit punch from the grocery store. Once it was dark, we'd light sparklers and bottle rockets first. Then, roman candles pushed into Coke bottles set in the middle of the yard. 

There was always a certain amount of hand-wringing hysteria around the roman candles. Primarily because one year a bottle fell over after the roman candle in it was lit. And the barrage of colorful flaming balls shot directly into our neighbor’s backyard and nearly lit their Pomeranian on fire. But every year the final pièce de résistance of our aerial display was always whatever outlandish Chinese miracle rocket I could goad my mother into buying. Everyone would gather around. And every year I envisioned such grandeur! Such majesty! And every year the sucker just whistled up into the sky only to explode with a loud and deeply uninspiring pop. Oh well. Such is life. 

At Acme, our summer ritual doesn’t involve any fiery fanfare of Chinese import. No sir. We rely instead on the grace and fortitude of our local farmers. And the downright deliciousness of our summer bounty of tomatoes. The 17th Annual Acme Tomato Festival will kick off next Thursday, July 12th with a wine dinner featuring our good friend, Craig LeHoullier, the NC Tomato Man. He’s the person that discovered the famed Cherokee Purple tomato grown on farms and in backyards across America. His book, Epic Tomatoes, is pretty spectacular. If you’ve got gardening questions, he’s probably got the answers. 

The Acme Tomato Festival Wine Dinner. It’s five courses and five wines. Think of it as summertime, squared. Reservations are required by phone for the dinner (919 929 2263). We’ll get started @ 6:30. Price is $65 per person. Menu is below. A credit card number will be required to reserve your seat. We expect the dinner to sell out quickly as the number of seats is limited. It’s going to be a great night. And don’t worry, the only fireworks will involve your taste buds.

This weekend at Acme: The Acme BLT. Rosé all day. Grilled bone-in ribeyes. Pan-seared Atlantic haddock. The Acme tomato plate (yes, it’s back). Market melon salad. Eggs in paradise. Blueberry shortcake. Pecan-crusted fried chicken. Blackened Salmon. Chilled Cucumber soup with pickled shrimp. Overnight beef shortribs. Forever roasted pig. Classic wedge salad. Fried okra and shishito peppers. Blackberry ice cream. Grilled Caesar salad with pan-seared scallops. Watermelon sangria. Cheeseburgers. Clams Casino. Cherry pie à la mode. Shooting Point Oysters on the half-shell (halfy hour every thursday. half-shells for half price. ooh la la.)

Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.

Cheers,

The Staff at Acme
Reservations 919-929-2263 or online
 

The Acme Tomato Festival Wine Dinner

1st
oven dried Blush & yellow Roma tomatoes
Chapel Hill Creamery Pheta, Georgia olive oil, pickled shrimp
Cava Avinyo Rosado

2nd
Southern tomato pie
2017 Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Rosé

3rd
pan-seared yellowfin tuna
tomato chutney, coconut sticky rice
2016 Chehalem Winery Grüner Veltliner

4th
grilled beef tenderloin
smoked tomato jam, corn pudding
2015 COS Nero d'Avola "Nero di Lupo"

5th
heirloom tomato spice cake
basil & cream cheese icing
El Maestro Sierra Pedro Ximénez

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Tomato and Wine Dinner, Acme Food and Beverage

Just added - a second wine dinner!  I will be there to share tomato stories and information and will have my books for sale.  Please contact the restaurant for info and to book.

Info on the dinner from Kevin's newsletter

July 5, 2018
 

Greetings from Carrboro,

It wasn’t very far. A half-hour drive at most. Once into South Carolina, the roadside stands appeared one after the other. Peaches and fireworks. My mother was born in peach country - York County to be exact - and was deeply skeptical of any stand too close to a highway. She did not want to buy trucked-in Georgia peaches masquerading as local fruit. My singular focus was the fireworks. It was our pre-July 4th ritual.

We always ate outside on Independence Day. Hamburgers. Potato salad. Baked beans. Peach cobbler with Cool-Whip. Friends came over. It was the only time of year that my mother would buy the gallon jugs of fruit punch from the grocery store. Once it was dark, we'd light sparklers and bottle rockets first. Then, roman candles pushed into Coke bottles set in the middle of the yard. 

There was always a certain amount of hand-wringing hysteria around the roman candles. Primarily because one year a bottle fell over after the roman candle in it was lit. And the barrage of colorful flaming balls shot directly into our neighbor’s backyard and nearly lit their Pomeranian on fire. But every year the final pièce de résistance of our aerial display was always whatever outlandish Chinese miracle rocket I could goad my mother into buying. Everyone would gather around. And every year I envisioned such grandeur! Such majesty! And every year the sucker just whistled up into the sky only to explode with a loud and deeply uninspiring pop. Oh well. Such is life. 

At Acme, our summer ritual doesn’t involve any fiery fanfare of Chinese import. No sir. We rely instead on the grace and fortitude of our local farmers. And the downright deliciousness of our summer bounty of tomatoes. The 17th Annual Acme Tomato Festival will kick off next Thursday, July 12th with a wine dinner featuring our good friend, Craig LeHoullier, the NC Tomato Man. He’s the person that discovered the famed Cherokee Purple tomato grown on farms and in backyards across America. His book, Epic Tomatoes, is pretty spectacular. If you’ve got gardening questions, he’s probably got the answers. 

The Acme Tomato Festival Wine Dinner. It’s five courses and five wines. Think of it as summertime, squared. Reservations are required by phone for the dinner (919 929 2263). We’ll get started @ 6:30. Price is $65 per person. Menu is below. A credit card number will be required to reserve your seat. We expect the dinner to sell out quickly as the number of seats is limited. It’s going to be a great night. And don’t worry, the only fireworks will involve your taste buds.

This weekend at Acme: The Acme BLT. Rosé all day. Grilled bone-in ribeyes. Pan-seared Atlantic haddock. The Acme tomato plate (yes, it’s back). Market melon salad. Eggs in paradise. Blueberry shortcake. Pecan-crusted fried chicken. Blackened Salmon. Chilled Cucumber soup with pickled shrimp. Overnight beef shortribs. Forever roasted pig. Classic wedge salad. Fried okra and shishito peppers. Blackberry ice cream. Grilled Caesar salad with pan-seared scallops. Watermelon sangria. Cheeseburgers. Clams Casino. Cherry pie à la mode. Shooting Point Oysters on the half-shell (halfy hour every thursday. half-shells for half price. ooh la la.)

Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.

Cheers,

The Staff at Acme
Reservations 919-929-2263 or online
 

The Acme Tomato Festival Wine Dinner

1st
oven dried Blush & yellow Roma tomatoes
Chapel Hill Creamery Pheta, Georgia olive oil, pickled shrimp
Cava Avinyo Rosado

2nd
Southern tomato pie
2017 Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Rosé

3rd
pan-seared yellowfin tuna
tomato chutney, coconut sticky rice
2016 Chehalem Winery Grüner Veltliner

4th
grilled beef tenderloin
smoked tomato jam, corn pudding
2015 COS Nero d'Avola "Nero di Lupo"

5th
heirloom tomato spice cake
basil & cream cheese icing
El Maestro Sierra Pedro Ximénez

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening Workshop - North Regional Library - How to Grow Epic Tomatoes - Varieties, stories, and useful tips

Come with your questions and learn all about tomatoes - history, stories, varieties, and cultural tips for success....there will be informational handouts and packets of seeds for you, as well as an opportunity to purchase my books, Epic Tomatoes (20.00), and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (10.00) (both Storey publishing) - cash, credit or check fine.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening workshop - Southeast Regional Library - How to Grow Epic Tomatoes - Varieties, stories, and useful tips

Come with your questions and learn all about tomatoes - history, stories, varieties, and cultural tips for success....there will be informational handouts and packets of seeds for you, as well as an opportunity to purchase my books, Epic Tomatoes (20.00), and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (10.00) (both Storey publishing) - cash, credit or check fine.

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