Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

Mrs. Wages mixes

Last Thursday, I went to the farmers market to pick up my second half bushel of apricots for the season. While there, I entered an altered state of preserving confidence and ended up also buying a flat of grape and cherry tomatoes. In my defense, they were just $15, which is an unheard of bargain for 12 pints of tiny tomatoes.

I tell you this story simply to illustrate the fact that tomato season is upon us. And what better way to get ready for tomato season than with a Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix giveaway!

Mrs. Wages basket

You combine your fresh tomatoes with these mixes (they all have instructions on the back of the packet) and suddenly you’re a salsa, pasta sauce, and bloody mary star. I’ve used several of these mixes in the past to great success. They’re particularly helpful in that moment when you’re overwhelmed by tomatoes and need to do something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.

Here’s what the basket contains:

3 – small packages of pizza sauce mix
2 – mix and serve Classic Salsa packets
2 – small chili seasoning packets
1 – Spiced Carrot Juice mix packet
1 – Bloody Mary mix packet
1 – mix and serve Chipotle and Garlic Salsa packet
1 – mix and serve Guacamole packet
1 – mix and serve Pepper Jack Queso packet
2 – Large Pasta Sauce Packages
2 – Large Ketchup Packages
1 – Chili Base Package
1 – Large Pizza Sauce Package

If you’re interested in a chance to win this giant package of tomato canning goodness, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way tomato memory! (Note: I had a copy and paste failure last night, and so for the first 12 hours this post was live, it asked for a berry memory. Oops! Those entries are still valid, but let’s switch to focusing on tomatoes.)
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 18, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: I am a paid contributor to the monthly Mrs. Wages newsletter. However, this is not a paid giveaway and my opinions remain my own. 

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411 Responses to Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

  1. 301
    Gerald says:

    I remember canning tomatoes with my mother.

  2. 302
    Mrs. Henry says:

    My dad picking a tomato from the garden and them making me a tomato sandwich. For some reason they were better when he made them!

  3. 303
    Jess says:

    I call me 3 year old daughter my little tomato and she is one of my favorite memories.

  4. 304
    Amy says:

    Picking them right out of the garden and mixing them with chives out of the garden and cottege cheese. A favorite childhood snack!

  5. 305
    Tia says:

    Growing my very first one! We had a neighbor who gardened and when I was 10 or so, she started having me help her. The pride I felt when I tasted a tomato that I had grown, taught me the greatest lesson in my life! 🙂

  6. 306
    keapdx says:

    Every time I use home canned tomatoes I feel triumphant..

  7. 307
    Mary Beth says:

    Picking cherry tomatoes from the garden as a child to make a salad.

  8. 308
    Jackie Bice says:

    Opening jars of canned tomatoes, salsa and pizza sauce in the middle of winter sends the senses back to the middle of summer.

  9. 309
    Amber says:

    I love making pizza sauce with the tomatoes from my garden. Yum!

  10. 310
    Kathleen says:

    I love picking the first tomato of the season from my plants every year! Fond memories of doing with this with my mom as well.

  11. 311
    Christa H says:

    going out to the garden as a teen and picking a giant tomato that I ate with Italian dressing

  12. 312
    Sherri C. says:

    I love eating tomato’s raw, straight from the garden! Yumm!

  13. 313
    DanielleWC says:

    Eating them fresh from the garden with my two toddler boys. We just brush the dirt off and dive in!

  14. 314
    Mer says:

    Looking at a year’s worth of canned tomatoes and tomato products lined up in the pantry!

  15. 315
    Brenda J says:

    My mom is in her 70’s and last year we canned stewed tomatoes together. This is a dear memory for me and I cherish it as I use up my last jars. We are scheduled to can more this weekend.

  16. 316
    amy says:

    I had a friend in middle school who ate tomatoes like apples. (The February grocery-store variety, mind you…) We became acquainted at the lunch table one day when I saw her doing this and was visibly grossed out. Years later, I enjoy nothing more than a fresh tomato right out of the garden, but I’d still never join her in munching winter tomatoes. : P

  17. 317
    Buffi Hinker-Miller says:

    Jersey tomatoes are a staple of summers here. Eating them warm, just picked is the best memory!

  18. 318
    Karla G says:

    My dad taught us to eat a fresh tomato out of the garden with a sprinkling of sugar, the same way his dad taught him!

  19. 319
    Mars says:

    My grandma used to grow huge tomatoes every year in her garden. We would sit on her back porch with a salt shaker and eat them off the vine.

  20. 320
    tera says:

    My grandpa always had the biggest tomato plants on the block. He would plant them in his front yard so the whole block would be jealous. I miss him. =(

  21. 321
    Debbie says:

    I remember watching my Mom canning tomatoes when I was a little girl. I will have an abundance of tomatoes this year from my garden I would like to try canning.

  22. 322
    Vicky says:

    I love going to my sister’s house and seeing all of her tomato plants in full swing!

  23. 323
    Becky Hoff says:

    When I was maybe five years old, I remember staying overnight at my Grandma’s house and ‘helping’ her can tomatoes. I distinctly remember watching her drop the tomatoes in a pot of water to loosen the skins, then cut them up with a paring knife and drop them in a big kettle to be mashed up. Grandma would make goulash all winter with her jars of tomatoes. Goulash consisted of stewed tomatoes, ground beef and elbow macaroni- sounds terrible, but at Grandma’s house it was the best thing in the world, usually served with buttered slices of bread and pickles.

  24. 324
    diana v. says:

    summer time BLT’s as a kid and now as an adult.
    there is nothing better..
    fresh from your garden rocks….

  25. 325

    Nothing better than fresh tomatoes from your garden, and sharing the love of gardening with your grandchildren. Hopefully they will always remember and carry on the tradition.

  26. 326
    Maggie says:

    Tomato sandwiches! When I was younger they were on spongy white bread with plenty of mayo and nothing else. Now, I prefer a sturdier white bread toasted, with a moderate amount of mayo, and salt and pepper sprinkled on.

  27. 327
    Jessica G. says:

    Learning to make sauce with my Dad. He makes the best sauce and spend an entire day lovingly teaching me how to make it. I’ve followed the recipe to a T many times since then and it never quite tastes as good as his, I think he just needs to be here with me whenever I make it 🙂

  28. 328
    Robley S says:

    Decades ago, my mom taught me how to make “Tomato Hot” relish that was her best friend’s family recipe. Fresh tomatoes, cabbage, spices, vinegar and sugar cook together to make this special treat that is great on peas, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc. I never make this that I don’t remember these special ladies in my life.

  29. 329
    Jessica w says:

    I remember canning and juicing!

  30. 330
    Sharon H. says:

    I remember my first garden, The tomato’s took over! I was very blessed.

  31. 331
    JoJo says:

    My Roma tomatoes are doing fantastic this year…could really use that basket of spices!

  32. 332

    Actually, my favorite tomato memory is of a sandwich. Heirloom tomatoes, organic cucumbers, mayo and black pepper on homemade bread. Simple, delicious and memorable.

  33. 333
    Brandi F says:

    My favorite tomato memory is — traveling from VA to Myrtle Beach every summer and stopping at local fruit stands on our way in and getting fresh tomatoes. Everyday my grandmother and I would eat tomato sandwiches for lunch while taking a break from the beach. We actually even continued that tradition this year when we took our vacation there! Mmmm. Nothing like FRESH and LOCAL tomatoes!

  34. 334
    TLK says:

    Eggs scrambled with cheese and fresh garden vegetables – the tomatoes and bell peppers add so much flavor!

  35. 335
    Danita says:

    Fresh tomato sandwich made with the summer’s big boy tomatoes. Yum! Waiting on mine to ripen on the vine now. I’m new to the NW and this is my first year with a veggie garden in this region.

  36. 336
    Heather says:

    Homemade Tomato Sauce for pasta… yum!

  37. 337
    Andrea Watts says:

    Canning in the kitchen with my Grandmother.

  38. 338
    Jordan Watts says:

    My Mom making me tomato sandwiches for lunch during summer break

  39. 339
    Erin R. says:

    Sitting down with the very first tomato out of the garden last year and just cutting it with a knife and fork for lunch. Nothing else, just that giant beefsteak with a little dab of mustard on each bite.

  40. 340
    Tina says:

    My favorite memory is made every year-watching the tiny tomato seeds sprout, planting and watching the vines grow, the tiny yellow flowers that promise fruit for your labor, the ever so tiny green tomato growing and eventually turning a wonderful shade of red and the anticipation of home-grown flavor, working to preserve it for the winter months to nourish your family.

  41. 341
    joonquil says:

    My favorite memory is eating tomatoes straight from the vine in my paternal Grandmother’s garden (in Michigan) as a young girl.

  42. 342

    Nice slice of homegrown tomato on a bologna sandwich with salad dressing!
    Mmm good! Plese pick me for your wonderful giveaway! Thanks you!

  43. 343
    Elisabeth says:

    My grandmother made New Jersey sandwiches – tomato mayo cheese and bread. Canning though is my great grandmother’s chili sauce

  44. 344
    Amy M says:

    the farm stand my parents go to, Pop’s, has all kinds of tomatoes, but our favorite by far is their brown one. its a cherry tomato and its red and green and brown. I know it has a real name, but I don’t know what it is. my daughter looks forward to those tomatoes all year long.

  45. 345
    Michelle says:

    The first time canning tomatoes and how great it was to see all those jars lined up.

  46. 346
    michele says:

    There is nothing like home grown tomatoes!!

  47. 347
    betsy says:

    I remember my parent’s garden with their ambitious tomato plants…..and the multitude of tomatoes (green, red and stages in between) sitting on the kitchen counter! I ate more dinners of eggs and tomatoes than I care to remember that summer!

  48. 348
    Diane says:

    BELT sammys. Bacon, egg ,lettuce and tomato. With mayo.

  49. 349
    KimV says:

    Not my favorite, just my most vivid… the moment I realized I was allergic to raw tomatoes. Grape, on the vine, roma… doesn’t really matter. =(

    It’s actually more of an intollerance, but certainly enough to be a problem. Next… the moment I decided I like them too much to give them up completely. Allergic reaction or not. =)

  50. 350
    Leanne says:

    I remember my mom making huge batches of pasta sauce when all the tomatoes came in. It simmered all day and smelled so good!