Ninth Annual Tomatoes at the Trotter Set for June 27

Time to think red: Tomatoes at the Trotter



MONTICELLO, AR —“Red” hot temperatures are already pounding the Arkansas region this spring.  You can expect even more heat with the hot colors of fire red, burnt orange and sun yellow tomatoes at Monticello’s premier tomato event.  Nearly a dozen heirloom tomatoes will be featured at the ninth annualTomatoes at the Trotter dinner to be held Thursday, June 27th.


The event, hosted by the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANR) takes place at the UAM Trotter House Bed and Breakfast in Monticello’s North Main Street Historic District. This year’s meal will be prepared by Aramark Chef Thomas Bedward.  The four-course meal is unique in that the main ingredients are Arkansas-grown tomatoes. For the heirloom variety to qualify for the tasting event, tomatoes must be open pollinated and are of a variety that are 50 years or older. Tickets are $30.00 per person and include dinner as well as tomato recipes and growing tips. Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Find out from guest speakers at this fundraising dinner.

     What: Tomatoes at the Trotter

     Who:  Keynote speaker is Former State Representative and Chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, John Lipton. Lipton introduced the Pink Tomato as State Vegetable and State Fruit.

     Where: Trotter House, 404 North Main Street, Monticello AR

     Why: To raise scholarship money for students attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello in the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.

     When:  Thursday, June 27, 2019, Tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by meal at 7:00 p.m.

    Cost:     $30.00 per person

To reserve tickets for the event call CFANR at 870-460-1052.