The ninth annual Tomato & Salsa Festival drew a crowd at Timeless Gardens Nursery to taste tomato varieties, and the community's best salsas. 

The event was free, but salsa contest entrants paid  a $4 entry fee and bring had to bring a quart minimum of salsa.

Attendees got to sample all the salsas and vote on three categories:  best all-around, hottest (that you can still eat) and most unusual. 

OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Lisa Almarode hosted a tomato tasting table. There were several types of sample tomato foods at including green tomato bundt cake and fried green tomatoes. 

Linda Ziedrich led a couple of cooking demonstrations, one of which included how to pickle tomatillos. 

Timeless Garden owner Trudie Bason said the event it a good way to give back to the community while also promoting her own business. 

Proceeds from the event, Lebanon Soup Kitchen, along with 10 percent of all nursery sales went the the Lebanon Soup Kitchen. 

Vendor booths included Spiritopia Craft Spirits and Ochoa’s Queseria.

Last year, the Tomato & Salsa Fest wasn’t held due to family issues. 

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