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Garden genomes: Can science produce a better tasting tomato? Plus, we visit a local tomato farm

 Dr. Harry Klee
The University of Florida
Dr. Harry Klee

Nothing quite says summer like a beautiful ripe tomato, and in our region, we love our tomatoes. This week on Seasoned, we talk to husband-and-wife tomato farmers Trout and Jennifer Gaskins about growing their many varieties of tomatoes on the farm. We also talk to horticulture scientist Harry Klee about his mission to sequence the genomes of hundreds of tomatoes in order to breed flavor back into the fruit. Plus, the chef and owner of Tony D’s in New London shares a family recipe.


  • Trout and Jennifer Gaskins: Farmers/owners of Farming 101 in Newtown, Conn.
  • Dr. Harry Klee: Professor for the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida. Dr. Klee led the team whose research on producing a tastier tomato was published in the journal Science.
  • Anthony D’Angelo: Chef/owner of Tony D’s in New London, Conn.

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski, with help from Carmen Baskauf.

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This show originally aired August 11, 2021.

Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned from 2020 to 2022.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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