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His secret to great tomatoes? Horse manure!

Angelo De Luca of Deer Park is hoping

Angelo De Luca of Deer Park is hoping to win the 2011 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge. Credit: Handout

Angelo De Luca, above, of Deer Park plants Beefsteaks, Belgium Giants and cherry tomatoes alongside other vegetables in raised beds. "I use pure organic horse manure from my son’s horse, 'Serge,'” he says, adding that his beds are 4 feet wide, 8 feet long and 18 inches high.

His bottom line? "I enjoy the challenge of having a large crop."

And we'll enjoy having you at this year's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, Angelo!

Are you in? This year’s event will take place 7 p.m. Aug. 26, a Friday, at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville). Just bring your largest tomato, and you could be crowned tomato king or queen! 

Send a photo and details about your tomatoes to, and you might be featured next.

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