By Jason A. Smith
Tomatoes will be a specialty
on the menu this weekend in McDonough, as local gardeners come
together to raise money to help families eat healthier.
The third Annual Love and
Homegrown Tomatoes Fundraiser will be held this Saturday
from 6 until 9 p.m.
The Community Gardens of
Henry organization will host the Third Annual Love and Home Grown
Tomatoes fundraiser Saturday from 6-9 p.m., at the Heritage Village
Garden, 101 Lake Dow Road.
Admission is $10 for adults,
and $5 for kids ages 6 through 16. Kids age 5 and under will be
admitted at no charge. The occasion will feature a tomato sandwich
buffet, a garden tour, music, a silent auction, vendors, door prizes
and a children’s area.
Glenda Garris is the executive
director for Henry’s Community Gardens program. She said the purpose
of the event is to support the Helping Harvests gardens, as well as
her group’s community gardening initiative.
“We have two Helping Harvests
gardens where we grow food for donation, and we have three community
gardens,” said Garris. “We’re helping people who need help. We
create an environment where people can have naturally-grown
Last year’s fundraiser
brought in more than $4,000 for the Community Gardens program.
Garris hopes this weekend’s event will reap at least $5,000.
She added that this weekend’s
event recognizes a growing trend toward organic food.
“Sometimes it can get
expensive to buy organic food,” she said. “If you grow your own,
it’s healthy eating for the family.”
Tickets for the event can be ordered online at
or by calling the Community Gardens office at 770-954-0000.