By Jana Jones
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries . . . July is the month of berry abundance in the Appalachian region. Do you have a favorite berry pie, cake, or cobbler recipe? The Johnson County Farmers Market (JCFM) would like to invite all of our fabulous bakers in the area to join in the fun and enter our 3rd Annual Berry Baking Contest.
This year we will have 3 contests, which will include children and youth: ages 7 to 12, ages 13 to 17, and adult 18 and over. There will be two categories to enter. The first category will include pies, tarts, and pastries while the second will consist of cakes, muffins, and cobblers. Each participant can enter one or both groups. The judging will be Friday, July 20.
All entries are to be dropped off at the UT Extension office located next to the post office at 212 College Street before 11:30am July 21. Contestants can pick up an entry form with all of the information at the UT Extension office, Mountain City Welcome Center, or at the JCFM on Saturday mornings.
Every contestant will receive either a blue, red, or white ribbon and there will be one grand prizewinner for each age group. The grand prize for the 7 to 12 ages and the 13 to 17-age range will be an assortment of baking supplies. The adult grand prize will be a $50 gift certificate to the Farmers Market! Judging will take place Friday afternoon, and all of the entries will be on display Saturday, July 21 at the JCFM where customers are welcome to taste all of the award-winning desserts. Contestants are asked to come by the market to pick up their ribbon and any prizes by 11:30.
If you haven’t visited the Johnson County Farmers Market this year, we are now located at Ralph Stout Park in the parking area near the children’s playground. Come to enjoy the live music, farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, dairy, and local handmade baked goods and craft items each Saturday morning from 9 until noon. Check out our new “Breakfast at the Market” tent and come by the manager’s table to find your “Fresh is Best” t-shirt and other items and information. We offer the Fre$h Savings Program with doubles the dollars for EBT customers. Bring the kids by our GoJoCo Kids tent to make healthy snacks and participate in fun activities. We invite you to like us on Facebook to see all of the current news or visit our webpage at JohnsonCountyFM.org to learn more.