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This week's tomato contestant: Janet Hart

Tomato Challenge contestant Janet Hart with her father,

Tomato Challenge contestant Janet Hart with her father, "who taught me everything I know about planting a garden." Credit: Handout

Janet Hart of Lindenhurst has attended every annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, showing great spirit in her signature tomato tank top. And she’s gearing up to win in 2012:

“This year I received some seeds from [former contestants], but if I win, I hope it is from my seeds. See you soon! -- The future Tomato Queen Janet Hart.”

That's the spirit!

Are you in?

The 2012 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. Bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event, where I will weigh tomatoes and name this year’s Tomato King or Queen. In the meantime, send a photo of yourself with your plants and a note about your growing methods to me at jessica.damiano@newsday.com, and you might be featured next.

Photo: Janet Hart with her father Stephen Hart, "who taught me everything I know about planting a garden," she said.

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