May 30, 8 a.m. Janet Adams hosts.

All Gardener's Meeting

May 30, 10:00

Board Meeting

June 9, 6:30 at Michael Hall's.

5th Annual Tomato Tasting and Potato Show-'n-Tell

Saturday June 13, 9 a.m.


Board Meetings

Second Tuesday of every month.

Looks like Mother Nature will be kind to us this month. Accuweather's forecast for May.

Sunshine Updates


There will be an election to fill positions on the Board on May 30. Positions available are president, vice-president, treasurer & director. Read the bios of the candidates

Slate of Candidates

  • President: Jeff Monks
  • Vice President: Jim Willmann
  • Treasurer: Caroline Limaye
  • Director: Shannon Posern

5th Annual Tomato Tasting and Potato Show-'n-Tell

Saturday June 13

It's that time again when the tomatoes start to ripen. Come join us for our 5th Annual Tomato Tasting Event. We will have paper bags in the trailer so you can drop off tomatoes starting on Thursday, June 11, or bring 'em on Saturday, June 13. Please label the bag with the variety and your name. We also need volunteers to help set up tables and slice tomatoes. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Kay.

If you grew potatoes this year and would like to show them off, Please bring them to the tasting on Saturday. We will have a form you can fill out with the details of how you grew them.

  • When: Sat. June 13
  • Time: 9 o'clock. It is never too early to eat tomatoes...
  • Where: Sunshine Community Garden, 4814 Sunshine Drive

Video from the Plant Sale 2015 -- courtesy Berkley Bettis

2014 Tomato Test Plot Results


The paper copy of the Green Binder located in the shed has been discontinued. You will be required to use the "Green Binder" on the website. You can also check your hours for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 . To receive proper credit for your hours, you must use the name that is on your contract,

Tomato Tasting Results 2014

At long last, the results from the Tomato Tasting are in (the earlier report was from a previous year). This year, we had 49 varieties to sample. The five top-ranked tomatoes for taste were Black and Brown Boar, Sun Gold, Lemon Boy, Cherokee Purple, and Black Cherry. The five lowest-ranked tomatoes for taste were BHN-602, Homestead 24F, Large Barred Boar, Dark Galaxy, and Lemon Cherry. Texture and looks were also judged although fewer people made comments on those features than for taste. In any category, scores with more people judging them are more reliable than those with just a few. Also, the results depend on the samples submitted. If the tomatoes weren't totally ripe or overripe, their scores may not be consistent with their peak flavor. Paste type varieties always score lower for taste and often texture than those typically eaten fresh.

Results sorted alphabetically (.pdf)

Results sorted by taste and looks (.xls)

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Sunshine's Compost/Recycling Operations

Do you want to recycle leaves, grass clippings, or vegetable kitchen waste? You are welcome to bring this material to Sunshine Gardens and deposit it in the appropriate clearly marked pile.

Please empty your collection containers (another opportunity, to recycle) for reuse.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept twigs, branches, or logs as we have no way to deal with them as nature cannot break them down quickly enough given our limited space.

Also, we can't accept florist waste. We try to subscribe to organic practices and avoid herbicides and fungicides and preservatives. We don't know what the flowers are treated with but if and only if, it contains none of the above then you are welcome to dump it in our compost pile.

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