Pedigree dog shows always seemed completely inane to me, but for some reason the idea of an heirloom vegetable competition is one that I can totally get behind. If you happen to have any odd-looking-but-incredible-tasting tomatoes in your garden, bring them along to Cylburn Arboretum‘s Heirloom Vegetable Celebration this Saturday; you’ll get a chance to vie with other urban gardeners in a juried vegetable show. Only the juiciest tomato will emerge victorious!

Or, if you prefer your vegetables less competitive and more collaborative, you’ll appreciate the accompanying garden tour/party at Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill; plenty of family-type activities are being planned, most of them vegetable themed.