Hanover Tomato Festival raises money for Volunteer Fire Department

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Many people are seeing red and green in Hanover, not because it is Christmas in July, but because the Hanover Tomato festival happened Saturday in Hanover County.

David Fuller, a volunteer, said that it took “ten thousand pounds of tomatoes” to supply this year’s Hanover Tomatofest.

All were locally picked from Dodd’s Farm in Mechanicsville, and were expected to go fast.

“We just purchased some fine Hanover tomatoes,” resident Matt Mancini said at the festival.

Fuller proclaimed that the festival would be “sold out before 3 p.m. today”

Along with selling tomatoes by the pound, there were dishes featuring all things tomato, including fan favorite fried green tomatoes.

“Got some at Rosemary’s, and they were delicious,” attendee Melanie Stone said.

Known by locals to be tastier than other tomatoes, some say the secret lies in the soil.

“The soil in Hanover, the pH balance of the soil make a great, terrific tasting tomato,” Fuller said.

Another, young volunteer expressed his appreciation of the Hanover tomatoes.”They’re juicy and they’re good with salt. I love ’em that way.”

“They’re juicy and they’re good with salt. I love ’em that way,” Bowen Beasley told 8News reporters.

“I just want to get a bag of the Hanover tomatoes and take ’em home and eat at home,” Stone said.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Blackcreek Volunteer Fire Department.

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