Back by popular demand will be the Rutgers 250 tomato. This tomato was bred by Rutgers Agricultural Agents for the Rutgers 250th anniversary and introduced to the public last year. It was judged to be the breeding line that best matched the taste, shape, size and texture of the original Rutgers tomato.
Second place in the breeding line, the "Rutgers 250 Schermerhorn" tomato will also be available. This tomato narrowly lost out the taste test for the honor of being called the Rutgers 250. It is named after Lyman Schermerhorn who developed the original Rutgers tomato in 1934. Can you taste the difference?
We will also have the “Pumpkin” Habanero Pepper plants which are a new release from the Rutgers Pepper Program. This pepper was given the highest rating in a consumer study and is known for having a sweet, crunchy fruit wall and moderate heat concentrated in the seeds and placenta (<50,000 SHU). The fruit is small and visually appealing, like a mini-pumpkin. The plant is small yet prolific (100-220 fruit/plant) and its fruit maintains integrity on the plant up to four weeks after ripening!
Native plants and pollinators that attract birds and hummingbirds will also be available. These include Butterfly Weed, Purple Coneflower, Cardinal Climber, Great Blue Lobelia, Shasta Daisy, New England Aster, and several varieties of sunflower – to name just a few.
Popular herbs that will also be for sale include a wide variety of basil, chives, dill, fennel, parsley, oregano – among others.
The amazing Butterfly Tent will be open for children to experience these wonderful creatures up close and personal. Students will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and its importance to our eco system. Children will be able to feed the butterflies while getting an up-close experience they won’t ever forget.
Master Gardeners will also have interesting and informative speakers at their Learning Activity Tables again this year.
Please come out and support the Master Gardeners plant sale. The money raised will be used to support our many local projects beautifying areas of Cumberland County as well as educating children and adults on planetary and eco-friendly topics.
To learn more about the Master Gardeners, our programs or upcoming Eco Fair events, call 856-451-2800, ext. 4.
If you have any questions feel free to contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County at 451-2800, ext. 4 or stop in and see us at the Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Education Center, 291 Morton Ave., Deerfield Township, NJ 08332-9776.