ENCINO (CBSLA.com) — Fans of all-things-tomato flocked to the legendary Tapia Bros. Farm in Encino on Friday to stock up just in time for spring.
“This is Tomatomania. This is the season. It’s our time to rally around, you know, the tomato, which everybody loves for the summer garden,” Scott Daigre, an organizer, told KCAL9’s Kaj Goldberg.READ MORE: Amid Blood Shortage, Krispy Kreme Offers Free Donuts To Donors
As Goldberg reports, the event is one of the world’s largest seedling sales and attracts tomato enthusiasts, who’ve waited all year.
“I always buy Sun Gold. It gets 7 feet tall and 7 feet wide and it tastes like candy,” Janie Thompson said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Fans Rally Behind Road Warrior San Francisco 49ers; Will Tickets Be Available For NFC Championship Game?
During Tomatomania, exotic plants are up for sale, like Nyagous, Odoriko, Orange Russian, Orange Strawberry, and Red Zebra heirlooms.
The irony of Tomatomania, Goldberg explains, is that there are no tomatoes yet.MORE NEWS: Fire Breaks Out In Restaurant Of Downtown LA High-Rise, One Hurt
But, in a couple of months, he says, the plants will provide a variety of treats.