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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Salsa Competition This Saturday

This Saturday, August 27 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., we are hosting our second annual salsa competition. And I, for one, am ready and waiting to taste the entries!

The competition is open to the public, both to compete and to judge. Anyone interested in competing should bring their fresh salsa (no canned entries allowed) to the August 27 Farmers Market, before 9:30 a.m. Registration will be that day at the westside of the Courthouse square.

There is a $5 entry fee to compete and a requested $1 donation to judge. The salsa entries will be judged in three categories: Best of Show, Hottest, and Most Unique. The winner of each category will receive a $20 Clay Center gift certificate.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Clay County Grill-Off Tomorrow!

After weeks of preparing, ready or not -- it's Grill-Off time! The pantry and spice cabinet are stocked; supplies prepped; tables and tents reserved. Judges are confirmed ... and hungry. And the contestants -- teams from The Blue Herron, Danny's, Tailgaters, and Twin Valley's Cooking in the Valley -- are ready to cook.

How does this all work tomorrow? After introductions, we will introduce the four mystery ingredients that the chefs must include in their dishes. The participants then have until 9:20 a.m. to shop the market and select what market offerings they want to include, in addition to the mystery ingredients. They will also have access to a fully stocked pantry -- thanks to Ray's Applemarket -- and spice rack -- thanks to Clay Gourmet. (Those spices are currently sitting in my house, and my goodness do they smell great!)

At 9:30, the clock starts. The teams have one hour to prepare a meal for the judges. At 10:30, time is up. And the meals are served. From the four dishes, the lucky judges will get to select the 2011 Grill-Off Champion.

Just as the contestants are probably getting their stuff in order for tomorrow, so are our market vendors. As with most Friday nights, our vendors are probably picking a few more vegetables, packing up what can be packed the night before, laying out the rest to be loaded in the morning.

And what's going to be at market tomorrow? Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, beets, squash, green beans, swiss chard, sweet corn, okra, breads, baked goods, buffalo, flavored vinegars, eggs, milk, cheeses, and jams and jellies. We might even have some bell peppers, leeks, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, and a few other vegetables that are just coming into season. Oh, and we can't forget the crafts that come, too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tonight's Market

Don't forget about tonight's Farmers Market, from 5-7 p.m., on the east end of Dexter Park. We'll have tomatoes, zucchini, onions, turnips, potatoes, peas, carrots, beets, jellies, and much more, all grown locally and picked fresh for this market.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wednesday Market Starts This Week

The Wednesday night Clay Center Farmers Market kicks off this Wednesday, June 1, at the East side of Dexter Park in Clay Center. The Market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July. Customers can expect to find a wide variety of produce and products from area vendors. This week's offerings include salad mix, radishes, onions, turnips, carrots, breads and baked goods, jellies and jams, and much more.

We hope you will make it a weekly event to come down to Dexter Park, visit the Farmers Market, play in the new Safari Run, and enjoy the city band concert on Wednesday nights.