South Kingstown Farmers Market Recipe Contest
Hello Farmers Market Friends:
I hope you are well and ready for spring. The ground is softening up and I’m busy building rabbit pasture pens and new project – a mobile chicken pen for the Chariho Middle School garden. The chickens will be the weeding and fertilizing crew in the aisles between the rows.
Actually I’m building a prototype that will enable me to cut the wood accurately (complicated angle cuts for the A-frames) and create scaled plans. The kids will build the pen from the pieces after school without having to operate power saw and will really take ownership of the project. I’m planning to donate the prototype to the farm camp program at URI’s W. Alton Jones Educational Campus in West Greenwich, RI. The summer program at Woodvale Farm is outstanding and offers excellent opportunities for kids to experience hands-on environmental and agricultural learning with a highly skilled and supportive staff of counselors.
This week’s message revolves around the upcoming South Kingstown Farmers Market recipe contest to be held Saturday March 19th at the market in Peacedale Mill Complex from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Entries in appetizer, entree, side dish and dessert categories. All entries must use 3 items from SK Wintertime Farmers Market vendors. Bring dish and recipe with you on March 19th. You need to sign up for entry by March 12th either at the market or at www.southkingstownfarmersmarket.org
Guest judges are Frank Terranova of Johnson & Wales University and WJAR and chef Brandon Read of Celestial Cafe in Exeter, RI. Prizes will be awarded and I will further sweeten the pot by offering a FREE 2-pound sirloin steak to anyone who wins one of the categories using Treaty Rock Farm 100% grass-fed and dry-aged beef and making sure everyone knows you used our product in your winning entry.
This week’s FARM FACT is the last line to the poem. If you can say it at my Farmers Market booth on Saturday you will automatically receive 10% off your purchase:
The docile Red Devon beef cattle have been bred over the centuries for “smallness of bone (good dress-out percentage), wide through the hips (easy birthing) and thick through the heart (excellent rib-eye surface area). Most Devon men were taught a rhyme as boys about the Devon cow:
Broad in her ribs and long in her rump;
Straight flat back with never a hump.
Fine in her bone and silky of skin,
She’s a grazier without and a butcher within.
Have a great week. Respecting the Protein,