The Big Tomato

The Big Tomato: Picked, Packed, and Shipped in the Chesapeake

This Live Virtual Program (Zoom) program took place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Baltimore Narratives guest speaker, Kate Livie, talk on the history of tomato packing on the Eastern Shore, and how the region’s produce fueled industry, sparked innovative technology, shaped culture and transformed the landscape.

Watch the recording on YouTube

About the Presenter

Kate Livie is a professional Chesapeake educator, writer and historian. An Eastern Shore native, Livie is passionate about the Chesapeake Bay’s culture and landscape. A chronicler of regional travel, history, environment and foodways, Livie is a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Baltimore Magazine and Edible Delmarva, and has hosted programs for MPT, NPR and the History Channel.

Her 2015 book, Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future, won the Maryland Historical Society’s Marion Brewington prize for Maritime History.

Formerly the director of education and associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Livie serves as humanities faculty at the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College in hometown of Chestertown, Maryland, where she teaches courses about the Bay’s environment, arts, economy, tradition and culture.

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