We always love hearing about Long Island kids doing amazing things, and this week, our hats go off to Kyle Freedman of Huntington. Kyle won first place in the 14th annual Hicks Nurseries Tomato Contest! The Long Island nursery awarded Kyle this prize for his tomato that looked like a bunch of cherry tomatoes stuck together, but was actually one tomato. His mother, Robyn Freedman, explained that the winning tomato was achieved by taking three different varieties of Italian tomato seeds, splicing them together, freezing them for the winter and planting them in clusters. Of 13 plants, only two survived.
This was not an easy win for a 10-year old – Kyle had a lot of competition. Tomatoes were brought to the contest by gardeners from all over Long Island and prizes were awarded for the heaviest, largest circumference, most unusual looking and tiniest red tomatoes.
Hicks Nurseries holds this contest every year – so start growing your tomatoes and maybe you can be next year’s winner.
Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury), was established by the Hicks family in 1853 and has grown into Long Island’s largest garden nursery. They hold fun and exciting activities for families throughout the year including the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off and a children’s pumpkin painting workshop in October.