Located 90 minutes from D.C. down I-95, Hanover County, Virginia is widely considered the Napa Valley of tomatoes. From its ideal temperatures to fertile, loamy soil, all the right conditions converge to produce an abundance of top-tier, juicy spheres every summer.
The tomato hotspot is a longtime source of pride for its Richmond region, with a 44-year-old Tomato Festival that draws up to 40,000 fans of the fruit to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia every July. Now, a new dinner series that got its start during the pandemic connects chefs, farmers, sommeliers, and guests to the homegrown heirloom tomatoes they adore. In its second year, Summer Supper Somm is the brainchild of Village Garden farmers David and Barbara Hunsaker and Barboursville Vineyards sommelier Jason Tesauro.