Limehouse Produce, a local, family-owned and operated seller of fresh fruits and vegetables, has created an awareness campaign to promote the availability of the now-in-season Charleston heirloom tomatoes.
The Charleston Heirloom Tomato Trek began Sunday and will run through July 12th. The goal of the campaign is to bring more awareness about the varietals, the farmers, the supporting chefs, and to encourage people to go out and enjoy the local delicacy.
Part of the trek includes a contest between local restaurants, chefs, and bartenders. Each are competing to see who makes the best dish or drink featuring heirloom tomatoes. Patrons can vote for their favorite on Limehouse Produce's Facebook page. The participant who earns the most votes will receive a 100 pounds of tomatoes from Limehouse Produce and a special tomato trophy.
Diners are also encouraged to participate for a prize. Patrons who order one of the special dishes should take a photo and submit it online. One person will be randomly selected to receive a gift certificate to the winning restaurant.
Some of the restaurants involved in the campaign include: Carter's Kitchen, High Cotton, Old Village Post House, Peninsula Grill, Rivertowne Country Club, Slightly North of Broad, Queen Anne's Revenge, and Trattoria Lucca.
The heirloom tomatoes were grown by Thackeray Farms and Rosebank Farms.
To learn more about Limehouse Produce, visit their website.