On a recent national survey of farmer/gardeners the number eight reason for gardening was for the competition. In Washington County we have an excellent 4H program heavily promoting gardening, which serves as an educational opportunity for children and a healthy avenue for them to get recognition by County Fair competition. Many adults don’t know that, we even have an open class at the Washington County Fair, for anyone to compete for cash & ribbons. This years Washington County Fair will be early, (June 23rd-29th.) you can get all competitions information at Purdue Extension – Washington County, 806 Martinsburg Rd., Suite 104 Salem, IN 47167 Phone: 812-883-4601 http://www.extension.purdue.edu/washington/
Jared Baird of Cornucopia Farm showed his “competition” this week with a record setting tomato of 1.64 lbs. Jared received a $5.00 gift certificate from Good Earth Master Gardeners of Washington County and is in the running for the grand prize of $20.00 per pound in the Washington County Farmers’ Market “Big Tomato Contest”. However Jared thinks there is more competition coming?
There were eight farmers/gardeners vendors at last Saturday’s market with plenty of excellent produce. Selling was “brisk” the first couple hours and “steady” till 12:30 pm.
Most vendors had another record day and a few sold out, but there was a good supply of quality produce. Hope to see you Saturday morning at the Washington County Farmers’ Market. Farmer's Market hours are 8:30 am to 12:30pm, (or sell-out). The Washington County Fair Grounds is just four blocks east of the Salem square with plenty of free parking. Check out the ‘competition’!