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JANET HART, Lindenhurst The tomato: 1 pound, 11.3
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JANET HART, Lindenhurst

The tomato: 1 pound, 11.3 ounces Beefsteak

The strategy: Hart, 55, a four-year veteran of The Challenge, is determined to become its first female winner. “We need a queen,” she said, wearing what by now has become her signature tomato tank top, which she wears to the event for good luck every year. Hart talks to her plants every day. “I tell them how much I love them and give them lots of TLC,” she said, adding, “I get the most enjoyment when I’m in the garden. It’s the best stress release.”(Credit: Handout)

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