HUDSON — The Hudson Farmer’s Market conducted its seventh-annual Tomato Festival Aug. 12.

As part of a celebration of all things tomato, the market has a tasting of the tomatoes available from vendors and patrons vote on their favorite. This year’s winner was a BeOrange tomato from Bradwood Farm.

This is unusual because this BeOrange was grown hydroponically in a greenhouse without soil. This particular breed has a sweet flavor and is a large slicing tomato and is low acid.

The BeOrange is bred for a long season in the greenhouse and keeps producing for more than 12 months.

“In the past people always complained that hydroponic tomatoes had no flavor,” said Doug Kern, owner of Bradwood Farm. “It is not the case anymore. Since we closely monitor the macro and micro nutrients, Ph of water and other variables, we are able to produce great sweet tasting tomatoes. Since our greenhouse is insect excluded we never use pesticide or herbicide sprays. The are grown all natural and picked at the peak of flavor.”

Congratulation to Doug and Katy Kern on making great tasting tomatoes available to Ohioans year round.

The Hudson Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 3 until Oct. 7 on the historic Clock Tower Green.

To learn more visit or contact market manager J Hudson at