By Jana Jones
Farmers Market Manager
July is the month the Johnson County Farmer’s Market (JCFM) celebrates berry abundance and invites residents of all ages to join in on the fun. Just bring by your favorite berry pie, cake, strudel, tart, cobbler, muffin, or pastry to the UT/TSU Extension Office before 12 p.m. this Friday, July 20 and fill out an entry form to enter our 3rd annual Berry Baking Contest. Not a baker? You can still join in the fun by coming to the Farmers Market this Saturday, July 21 to sample all of the delicious entries and find out who won prizes in the various categories!
There will be three contests and three grand prizewinners. The grand prize winner in the 7 to 12 age range will receive an assortment of baking supplies including oven mitts, cookie sheet and mixing bowl. The grand prize winner in the 13 to 17 age range will receive a different variety of baking supplies including a muffin tin, pie plate, and spring form cake pan, and the grand prize winner of the adult categories will receive a $50 gift certificate to spend at the JCFM.
There will be a first place winner in each of the two categories. A contestant can enter one or both categories: Pies/Tarts/ Pastries and Cakes/Muffins/Cobblers. All contestants will receive a ribbon. First, second and third place ribbons, as well as participant ribbons, will be awarded. All winners will be announced Saturday morning at 9:30am at the Johnson County Farmers Market. WMCT radio will have their remote set up at the market recording the announcements live.
In recognition of the Johnson County Farmer’s Market 10th anniversary, a member of the original JCFM Board of Directors, Billy Ward, has agreed to be one of our judges. The second judge is Dennis Shekinah who has been an integral part of supporting the JCFM since it began in 2009 and is now himself a board member of the JCFM. The third judge is Adrian Holman who will be representing our sponsors for this event, Farmers State Bank.
Entry forms for the 3rd Annual Berry Baking Contest are available at the Johnson County Welcome Center or the UT/TSU Extension office located next to the Mountain City Post Office. The Johnson County Farmers Market is located at Ralph Stout Park every Saturday from 9 until noon.
We welcome all to visit us each Saturday and enjoy the live music while you shop for farm fresh local produce, dairy, eggs, meat, as well as homemade baked goods, canned goods and handmaid local crafts. Follow us on Facebook to see weekly updates.