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    Varieties including Sun Gold, above, will star at the Woodland Tomato Festival next Saturday.

  • Courtesy of Kris Marubayashi

    This caldera and other works by Sacramento ceramic artist Kris Marubayashi will be featured in the 2013 America Craft Council Show in San Francisco.

Seeds: Woodland celebrates tomatoes at festival

Published: Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 10:46 am

With the heat comes ripe tomatoes.

As anyone who has driven down Interstate 5 can attest, the annual tomato harvest is at full throttle. Tomatoes are rolling in (and some rolling off trucks) from one end of the Central Valley to the other.

Next Saturday officially marks the height of all tomato happenings with the sixth annual Woodland Tomato Festival.

This year, the festival moves to Heritage Plaza on downtown Woodland's Main Street. That thoroughfare will be closed between First and Third streets for "a whirlwind of tomato fun," said Steve Radosevich, one of the festival's organizers.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the free festival will offer tomato tastings (Sun Gold is the favorite to win best cherry again). Local restaurant chefs will compete for the honor of "Best Salsa in Town" as well as "Top Tomato Chef."

In addition, vendors from the Woodland Farmers Market will offer hundreds of heirloom tomatoes for sale to take home. Local crafters, artisans and non-profit community groups also will have booths.

Sound tasty? Learn more at www.woodlandtomato or call (530) 666-2626.

Melon tasting, too

Speaking of tomatoes, interest in heirloom varieties continues to grow. Now, another old-timer category is seeing a boom in interest: melons.

From casabas to watermelons, all sorts of melons will be available for tasting at today's Harvest Day at Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks Park. (See details on Page 2.) What better way to celebrate summer's bounty than tasty bites of fragrant heirloom melons?

Stop by and say hello at The Sacramento Bee table, too. That's where I'll be stationed from 8 to 11 a.m. today.

Crafts showcase

This weekend, the work of Sacramento ceramic artist Kris Marubayashi gets a prestigious showcase: the American Craft Council show at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center.

The largest juried show of its kind west of the Rockies, the ACC event features more than 200 artisans and some of the finest examples of handmade textiles, jewelry, metal and clay sculptures, woodwork and more.

Selected from hundreds of applicants, Marubayashi – who makes unusual ceramic vases, bowls and other pieces – is a first-time exhibitor at the show. In addition to her own booth, her work is part of a special exhibit put together by Bay Area architects E.B. Min and Jeff Day of Min | Day.

With a theme of "Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft," the exhibit shows how crafts and design can inspire each other.

"Part of the joy of collecting is incorporating fine craft into your home," said ACC spokeswoman Pamela Diamond. "We want to provide our ACC show visitors with exceptional examples that will offer inspiration."

Marubayashi finds infinite inspiration for her creative ceramics.

"With clay, the combinations are endless, as are the challenges," she wrote in a preview. "Working with clay is like life: You have to pursue your passions, be in tune with your surroundings, relish the unexpected, appreciate the little things and love what you are doing each minute."

For full details about the show (including directions and discount tickets), visit

Call The Bee's Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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