I’ll Be Judging the Soup Contest at the Suffern Farmers Market Sept. 27

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Here’s a press release from the market people about the contest.

SUFFERN FARMERS’ MARKET
2008 Fall Harvest Soup Recipe Contest

The Suffern Farmers’ Market is happy to announce our first annual recipe contest !
Show off your cooking talents with local, seasonal ingredients from the Market in your favorite soup recipe.


The Market provides fresh, local, nutritious produce, unique farm products & hand-made goods for our community.
We envision the market as an important thread in the social and economic fabric of our entire community.
The Market serves to:
♣ support local farmers, thus promoting and maintaining a healthy regional agricultural economy
♣ educate consumers about eating seasonally and locally through the interaction of growers and shoppers
♣ foster social gathering and community activity
♣ encourage pedestrian traffic in our downtown business district

Great Prizes !
First Prize: $100.00 in Market gift certificates; 2- $25.00 gift certificates for lunch at Marcello’s Ristorante; copy of Marcello’s new book on Italian cooking
Second Prize: $50.00 Market goodie bag; $50.00 gift certificate for Ravi Restaurant;
$50.00 goodie bag from MyPersonalFarmer.Com
Third Prize: $50.00 Market goodie bag; Rockland County Health Dept goodie bag

A distinguished panel of cooking and food media professionals will be judging the final recipes:

Liz Johnson, food editor, The Journal News
Michael Gross, owner Relish Restaurant,  Sparkill
Tina Anderson, cookbook author & photo director,  Family Circle Magazine

September is a bountiful time of flavorful soup ingredients available at the Suffern Farmers’ Market:
winter squashes            herbs            zuchinni
pumpkins                meats            peppers
tomatoes                apples            beets
onions                     leeks            wine
potatoes                 eggplant        carrots
garlic                     cabbage        broccoli
greens                     beans            … and more!

Who can enter:
The contest is open to all with the following exceptions: members, employees and vendors of the Suffern Farmers’ Market or Suffern Civic Association and cooking professionals are not eligible.
Only one entry per person.

How to enter:
Entry must include your name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers and an e-mail address at the top of the page.

Recipe must be original, not previously published in print or online.

Recipe must include no less than five seasonal ingredients from the Suffern Farmers’ Market or other area markets.

Recipe may not include convenience food products, such as soup bases or canned broths.

Recipe must be submitted using the following format:
•    Begin by listing the ingredients with specific measurements (measurements must be fully written, no abbreviations). Ingredients should be listed in the order they will be used.
•    Follow with the recipe instructions, including temperature settings, if necessary, the length of cooking time and the number of servings.

Entries must be submitted via e-mail to farmersmarketcook@gmail.com and received no later than Friday, September 12th.  Call for information or with any questions: 914-906-9680.

All entries will become the property of the Suffern Farmers’ Market.

Final Judging:
Six semi-finalists will be notified via e-mail no later than Friday, September 19th.  Three finalists will be chosen from the six.

Final judging will be held at the Suffern Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 27th, 2008, at 10:00am. Contestants must arrive for the final judging no later than 9:15am.  If the soup must be reheated for the final judging bring the completed soup in a cooking vessel. (Please keep any garnishes separate.)  A burner for heating the soup will be provided.

By participating, contestants agree to these official rules and to the final decision of the judges.

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About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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