March 23, 2009
Students say tomato should be N.J. veggie
The tomato, while not officially a vegetable, should be chosen as the official state vegetable for the state of New Jersey, a group of students says.
The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, N.J., said Monday that a group of Memorial School fourth-grade students in Washington, N.J., have been calling for the tomato to receive the state honor in an online petition.
If we are the Garden State, why don't we have a state vegetable? the unidentified student asked the governor.
The tomato, while typically considered a vegetable, is actually designated as a fruit.
The next steps for the active youngsters are an e-mail and telephone lobbying campaign, along with a trip to the state capital on April 6, The Star-Ledger said. That date, appropriately, is National Tomato Day.