Farmers market to feature cooking demos

Cookie competition upcoming

Chocolate chip cookie contest also part of evening

Staff reports

Staff reports

PIQUA — Visitors to the Piqua Community Farmers Market are in for a big treat in the coming weeks with not only lots of fresh produce coming into the market — but also a weekly cooking demonstration by Chef James of Mulligan’s Pub.

Today, the chef will be using fresh beets to create a roasted beet and green bean salad.

“There is lots of great produce coming into the market each week” said Chef James. “I am excited to be able show everyone how to use these products in simple meals they can make at home.”

The cooking demonstrations will be held through the end of July with a new and different recipe featuring items that can be found at the market.

The annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest also will be the featured at the Piqua Community Farmers Market next week, Thursday, July 7, along with a visit from Scott Family McDonalds. From 3:30-5 p.m. representatives from Scott Family McDonalds will be on hand with a children’s activity and a chance for kids to win special McDonalds prizes. McDonalds will also have information about the jobs they have available at their brand new McDonalds East location.

The chocolate chip cookie contest will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, with two categories, Youth (14 and under) and adults. Cookie bakers interested in participating can pick up the guidelines at the Piqua Community Farmers Market or download the information from the website at Contestants will deliver cookies to the farmers market between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Judging will start judging promptly at 5:30 p.m. Cookies will be judged on appearance, taste and general appeal.

After the judging the winners will be announced and then there will be a cookie and milk social for the contestants and the farmers market visitors and vendors. Milk will be provided. Contestants are encouraged to bring in their family favorite chocolate chip cookies or invent a new one to “wow” the judges. The winner in each category will win “Market Money” to be used at the Piqua Community Farmers Market. The first place winners in each category will receive $15, the second place contestants will receive $10 and third place winners will receive $5.

For more information on the Piqua Community Farmers Market chocolate chip cookie contest please contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Cookie competition upcoming