MONTICELLO — Nearly a dozen heirloom tomato varieties will be on the menu at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s ninth annual Tomatoes at the Trotter fundraiser on Thursday, June 27.


Tomatoes at the Trotter begins with tasting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meal at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the UAM Trotter House Bed and Breakfast in Monticello’s North Main Street Historic District, according to a news release.


The event is presented by the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Aramark Chef Thomas Bedward will prepare this year’s meal — a four-course dinner relying primarily on Arkansas-grown tomatoes, including heirloom varieties that are open pollinated and are at least 50 years old, according to the release.


The keynote speaker is John Lipton, former state representative and chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission. Lipton introduced the Pink Tomato as State Vegetable and State Fruit.


Proceeds from the event will be used to raise scholarship money for students attending UAM in the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.


Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner as well as tomato recipes and growing tips. To reserve tickets for the event call 870-460-1052.


To learn about horticulture in Arkansas, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu or follow them on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.