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Winners named of much anticipated Farmers Market berry baking contest

Berry desserts.cmykBy Jana Jones

Johnson County Farmer’s Market Manager

And The Winner is…..
A big shout out thank you to all of the contestants that entered an amazing creation for our Berry Baking Contest last week!  Lorraine Darocha took first place in the pie category, second and third in the cobbler category.  Barbara Henson won first place in the cake category and Pat Heinemann won second place.  The grand prize winner, Linda Woodard, took first place in the cobbler category and won a dinner for two at La Cuchina Italian Kitchen.  Each one of the entries was so delicious.  Customers on Saturday were able to sample the various delights. All of this was made possible through a generous sponsorship by Farmers State Bank.
I also want to thank our distinguished judges – Jim Gilly of WMCT, Peter Lawson – director of food and beverage at Red Tail Mountain, and Elizabeth Adams of Farmers State Bank.  It was a tough job, but someone has to do it.
I won’t be able to give out the secret winning recipes, however, since blackberries are still abundant all over the county, I will write up a five-star blackberry cobbler recipe for you from
½ cup white sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
6 C fresh blackberries
¼ C melted butter
2 ½ C all-purpose flour
1 ½ C white sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
¼ C melted butter
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly oil a 9×13-inch baking dish. Whisk 1/2 cup sugar with the cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside.
Place the blackberries into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with 1/4 cup of melted butter. Sprinkle with the cornstarch mixture, and toss to evenly coat. Spread the berries into the prepared baking dish. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt until evenly blended. Stir in the milk, vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup melted butter until combined but still slightly lumpy. Pour the batter over the berries.
Bake in the preheated oven until the berries are tender and the crust is golden brown, 55 minutes to an hour.
If you try the recipe, come by the manager’s tent at the market Saturday and let me know if you would give it a five-star rating as well.
The Johnson County Farmers Market is located at the County Courthouse parking lot across from the post office in downtown Mountain City, Tennessee.  We are open every Saturday from 9:00 am until noon from May through October.  Follow us on Facebook to keep abreast of new items offered each week, or visit us online at  We welcome all to come enjoy live music, kids’ activities, sample recipes and all of the great items offered by our terrific farmers and vendors at every market.  Specific items available each week are listed in the Community Events section of the Tomahawk.
Jana Jones works part time as the JCFM manager as well as running an international business from her home in Mountain City helping people live healthier lives using natural solutions.