Fergus Falls

For the 2017 season of the One Vegetable, One Community project, Fergus Falls has selected Tomatoes as its veggie of the year.

Tomatoes have been chosen as the 2017 Vegetable of the Year to rally the community around growing, cooking and sharing a single vegetable. We want to see the vegetable of the year growing in gardens, in containers on front porches, in front of businesses and churches, and in school gardens everywhere! We provide starter kits with free seeds, growing tips, project ideas, and more to get you going. You provide the enthusiasm and ideas! Then join the conversation by sharing your ideas and experiences on the One Vegetable One Community Facebook page.

Free Kits include 

Tomato Seed

   Celebrity or Supersweet 100  

Growing information

Garden stake

Basic recipes

Project ideas 

Potting soil

Pick your kit up at

Fergus Falls Public Library

Lake Region Healthcare


Meadow Farm Foods

Otter Tail Co Public Health

Otter Tail County Extension

Did you know…

In the same plant family as nightshade, these yummy veggies were mistakenly thought to be poisonous until the nineteenth century.  

Selection:  Select tomatoes with bright shiny skins and firm flesh.

Storage:  Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight, for use within one week after ripe.  Tomatoes taste best if not refrigerated; refrigerate only if you cannot use them before they spoil.

Nutrition benefits:  Tomatoes are very low in calories and fat.  They are cholesterol free, nearly sodium free and a good source of fiber.  Tomatoes contain lycopene, vitamins A & C as well as other vitamins and minerals.  They are nutrient dense – full of nutrients for the calories they contain.    

Pico de Gallo      

4 cups fresh tomatoes, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

½ teaspoon salt

½ jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

4 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:  Combine finely chopped tomatoes, onions, lime juice and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add desired amounts of jalapeno and cilantro to taste.  Serve with eggs, tacos, or other Southwestern dishes.  (Credit: U of MN Extension)

For more recipes, see our Tomato Recipe page.

Sponsored by

Lake Region Healthcare

Fergus Falls Community Education

Otter Tail County Public Health

Fergus Falls Farmers Market

PartnerSHIP 4 Health

Fergus Falls Public Library

Otter Tail County Extension

For additional Information about tomatoes, please see our Tomato information page.