Tempted by all the heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market, but not sure which ones are worth stocking up on? Find your new favorites for free at Dennis' Seven Dees Garden Center's Ninth Annual Tomato Tasting Festival—rain or shine!

In Lake Oswego on Saturday, September 14 from 10 am to 4 pm (1090 Mcvey Ave), and in Southeast Portland on Sunday, September 15 from 10 am to 4 pm (6025 SE Powell Blvd), foodies and gardeners will gather to celebrate the peak-season beauties—and with over fifty varieties to sample, you're sure to find the perfect pick for DIY canning, sauce making, or simple slicing. 

All featured tomatoes were grown locally and picked ripe for maximum flavor potential, and tasters will have a chance to vote for their favorites. The free, family-friendly event will also offer opportunities to talk with local growers and get pro tips to make your next tomato harvest your best yet.

Want to stock up for the 2014 growing season? The tomato tasting takes place during Dennis' Seven Dees' annual Fall Sale (September 5-15 at all locations), offering up to 75% off throughout the store. For more information and to register for the tomato tasting, head to the Dennis' Seven Dees website.

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