As part of the German Coast Farmers’ Market’s 12th anniversary celebration, area home gardeners can show off their finest veggie in the Vegetable Garden Contest.
The contest will be held June 20 at the Ormond Plantation. Entries must be made by 9 a.m. with judging to begin at 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the competition is open to all home vegetable growers, who must sign up by June 13. One entry is allowed per contestant or home vegetable garden.
Each contestant will provide a display of no less than three of the same vegetable type and not more than eight types of vegetables total. Vegetables must be arranged for display on some type of holder such as in a basket or on a tray – no buckets.
Vegetables must have been planted, grown and harvested by the contestant during the spring of 2015. A picture of the contestant with vegetable garden must accompany the display on day of contest.
Contestants must have their entry on judging table no later than 9 a.m. in order to participate. Prizes will be awarded based on overall quality, appearance, and freshness.
In addition to the growing contest, the celebration also will include music by Blanch Newsome; Master Gardeners advice and giveaways; Bees Are My Business demonstrations and activities for children; wood carving demonstrations; Bunn Again (Bunny Petting Zoo and education); St. Charles Parish Library display, door prizes and craft vendor.
The celebration will highlight the market’s ongoing fresh fruit and vegetables, pastalaya, jambalaya, kettlecorn, pastries, candy, fresh sausage and meats, desserts, breads, jerky, plants, soaps and lotions and more.
“We’re quite proud and we think we have something special,” said Ann Montgomery, market board member, of the market’s anniversary and growth. “People tell us that all the time. We continue to grow.”
Four new or seasonal vendors have joined the market this year, bringing with them fresh, homegrown blueberries and peaches. The market is drawing vendors nearly 100 miles away.