Got cooking skills? Put them to the test at Farmers’ Market Recipe Contest

Published 6:10 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By John Simpson


The Bainbridge Farmers’ Market will host its recipe contest on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This will be the second time the recipe contest has been put on by the farmers market.

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The contest will consist of three categories where contestants have to incorporate an ingredient into their dishes. The first category has to have winter squash, the second has to have collard greens and the third has to have sweet potatoes.

The categories stem from what vendors usually have according to Carol DuPree, a member of the board of the Farmers’ Market.

“We wanted to have a good variety.” Said DuPree.

The ingredients do indeed offer a wide array of dishes that could be made. However there are guidelines. For instance, ingredient must be the dominant ingredient, the ingredient must be fresh, the recipe must be presented along with dish entry, one entry in each category per person, and the dish should serve 6-8 people. 

The competition is open to anyone and everyone. There will be a $25 prize to be spent at the farmers market as well as an engraved Irish coffee mug.

The contest will have three judges. The judges will rank the dishes on a five-point scale according to taste, creativity and originality, texture, use of featured ingredient, and appearance.

The recipe contest, generated some participation in its inauguration last spring, but there is expected to be more this year. From the time the ball got rolling with the idea of this contest to finish was about two weeks in the spring, so with the contest this fall the Farmers’ Market really wanted to get the word out sooner. 

“We had nine contestants last year, and we expect more this year.” Said Dupree.

Contestants can enter between 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday and the winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m.