Tomato Farmer

Tomato Farmer

By Meredith Arthur, Eric Slatkin, and Blake Smith

Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms was described to CHOW by the organizers of Slow Food Nation as “OBSESSED and growing, no question, the best tomatoes in the Bay Area.” So good that Alice Waters serves them at Chez Panisse. Feeling nostalgic for the end of summer, we joined Brad at his farm and learned how to choose the right tomato, what it takes to grow a new variety, and the perils (and joys) of the business.

For the CHOW Field Trip, we take the show on the road. From country farms to city restaurants, we visit the places your food comes from. The fresh air is good for you.