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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tomato showdown


Three years ago, Peter MacArthur set out to grow the best tomato in the state.

His father-in-law, the mentor who taught him everything he knows about farming, had died, and he'd heard a minister talk about the need to have a goal in life: MacArthur decided to focus on tomatoes.

A year later, his commitment started to pay off. He won first place in the field tomato category of the Massachusetts Tomato Contest and Festival. On Monday, the Holliston farmer stood nervously just outside the cordoned judging area in Boston's City Hall Plaza and hoped for another win.

"I heard the judges saying it was the best-tasting tomato," MacArthur says in an Associated Press story.

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(Tomatoes at the festival photographed by NECN photographer Dan Ferrigan, Globe staff photo by David L. Ryan)

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