Tomato time

Illustration by hayley doshay

So far, my favorite cultivars include Green Zebra, Sun Gold and Mortgage Lifter. I know what you're thinking, SN&R reader—and no, these aren't new marijuana strains. All these somewhat silly names actually refer to different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, which people can learn more about at Sacratomato Week (July 20-25). Hosted by Midtown's Sutter District and the Midtown Business Association, the week culminates in the free Sacratomato Festival outside Sutter's Fort State Historic Park (2701 L Street) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. But first Sacramento will enjoy a week's worth of tomato-themed foods and drink specials from Sutter District restaurants such as Centro Cocina Mexicana and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. Then at the Sacratomato Festival, participants can watch a salsa-making competition, play games, listen to music, eat tomatoes and drink craft beer and bloody marys. Find out more at