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Kathy Stephenson has been the food writer at The Tribune since 2000. A Utah native, Stephenson's first job was picking zucchini on her grandparent's Kaysville farm. Every Christmas, Stephenson's neighbors and colleagues look forward to getting a plate of her baklava. Last year, she gave away nearly 300 pieces.

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‘Big Zac’ tomato breaks state record

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Congratulations to gardener extraordinaire, Dale K. Thurber, of West Valley City, who broke the state record last week for growing the heaviest tomato.

This uniquely shaped fruit came in at 3.486 pounds, during an official weigh-in at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. That’s just a few ounces more than the previous state record. Of course, Thurber won’t be eating the giant tomato which had started to mold.

Thurber said big tomatoes like this are given a label so seeds can be tracked among growers. This one is now called Big Zac (3.486 Thurber 2012)(3.94 Pennington 2010). Learn more about Thurber’s garden adventures at Delectation of Tomatoes.

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