It was a busy day last Saturday in spite of the dark skies early on. There was a record turnout for the N.J. Peach Promotion Council’s Perfect Peach Pie/Cobbler Contest. All prizes were TD Gift Cards: first place went to Barbara Leiby, $75; second place, Rita Battaglini, $50; and third place, Greta Marie Roper, $25. Barbara will have the opportunity to submit another peach pie at the regional level. Following the judging, slices of the pies were sold for $1 and the $90 proceeds were donated to the True Spirit Coalition. Thank you to judges pastry chef Nadia El Baydi, chef Pam Green and chef Michael D’Angelo for selecting the winners.
Chef Pam then made Bloody Mary Tomato Salad and also Ginger, Blueberry Peach Salad with wilted Dandelion Greens, which had a sweet and piquant vinaigrette that the audience declared “delightful.”
There was also a record number of 103 participants in the Movie Quotes Trivia Contest. Fifty-seven entries were correct! From the perfect entries, Zach selected Joe Mattera — the lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to McHugh’s Primo Pizza.
Children made adorable lambs and sheep out of doilies — so creative, an embellishment of the Farmers Market theme.
This week’s Spotlight on a Local Business was TD Bank in Brigantine, represented by Lori Tarud, vice president and store manager. She explained the many business services the bank provides.
Paul Gliatto entertained with his finger-style guitar specializing in Blue Rags, old time and folk music.
Artist Kathleen Schlotterback displayed upcycled glass and wood. She said, “When I see things, they call to me to make something out of them. I take old things, and I make them new.” And indeed, she had taken a wine box and made it into an adorable bird house. She also dabbles in water color, acrylic and paper art.
One busy tent was the Spotlight on a Community Organization, in which Susanne Peterson, artist, displayed watercolors, mosaics and hand-painted scarves. All proceeds from her sales are donated to the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Susan Gallagher, artist, displayed mosaics and wood signs and she donates a portion of her proceeds to the fund. Mary Crane, president of SJCF and Anne Breyer, treasurer of SJCF, shared information about the help provided by this amazing charity for those afflicted by cancer and in need of medical assistance.
The Green Team’s Health and Wellness Committee featured Nancy and Megan Doran from Brigantine PT & Fitness; Doug Garcia, massage therapist; AtlantiCare dietitian Hannah Risso; and John Addrizzo, chair of the Health and Wellness Committee.
The Question of the Day provided meaningful feedback (183 responses): Why do you come to the Farmers Market? Here are the top 4 responses:
• 21.3 percent: To support family farms,
• 18 percent: For fresh nonprocessed food
• 15.8 percent: Shopping locally is better for the environment
• 15.3 percent: CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY
Green Fest is scheduled for Aug. 19. Green Fest began in 2013 and is in its fifth year at Haneman Park, the perfect setting during the Farmers Market 8:30 to noon.
Green Fest is important because it introduces sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raises awareness regarding environmental issues and demonstrates how consumers may reduce their impact on the Earth by selecting sustainable eco-friendly products and services. Please come out and learn how we, as community members, can make a meaningful difference through conscious efforts in conservation and recycling.
This year, the ACUA will sign up residents for trash and recycle pick up day text alerts.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center will have marine mammal educational information and displays.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension master gardeners will be rolling out their mobile helpline, so bring your sick plant or lawn sample for a free diagnosis.
AtlantiCare will provide information on nutrition.
Nextek Solar will provide clean-energy options.
Surfrider Foundation’s mission is to protect our oceans, beaches and waves. This is this week’s Spotlight on a Community Organization.
Bayside Marina will be our Spotlight on a Local Vendor.
Clean Communities and the Brigantine Department of Public Works, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, American Electric Cycle, the Brigantine Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Kangen Antioxidant Water, Atlantic City Electric and information on home energy audits.
Trash-N-Show: Make a cape using any recycled or upcycled material — $25 prize for one adult (18 over) and a $25 prize for a youth (under 18). For more info email Brigantinefarmersmarket@gmail.com
Children will make windsocks using recycled material.
Stop by and see Pam Carchidi, Brigantine watercolor artist.
Funwave Band will wow you with '50s, '60s and '70s dance tunes.
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