PIQUA — Whether you say “tomato,” or you say “to-mah-to,” there’s no doubt that the prize-winning entry in a recent competition at the Piqua Community Farmers Market is quite a whopper!
Beth Marshall of Piqua was named the winner of the market’s biggest tomato contest on Thursday, Aug. 17, with a tomato weighing in at just over 2 pounds, 7 ounces.
Second place was awarded to Margaret Dillow, whose tomato weighed 2 pounds, 05. ounces, and third place went to Ivan Reiber with an 11-pound, 10.9-ounce tomato.
One thing’s for sure: all of the winning tomatoes would make great entries in the next contest at the Piqua Community Farmers Market — the ninth annual Salsa Smack-Down at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Tomato salsas will be judged in hot, mild and most unusual categories.
Entries should be be made of ingredients that can be purchased from the market (except things like limes, orange juice, mangoes, etc.) The salsa must be homemade and cannot be so hot that it makes people cry!
Pre-registration is not required, so those interested in participating are asked to bring their salsas to the market by 5:30 p.m. on the day of the contest and make sure they indicate with category or categories they plan to enter. Please bring at least one pint (approximately two cups) of salsa to be sure there is enough for judging and sharing as, taste tests will be available for market customers and vendors after the judging.
The Piqua Community Farmers Market is held each Thursday through Sept. 14 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on High Street in front of the Fort Piqua Plaza. The market is a project of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. For more information, visit www.piquafarmersmarket.com or call 773-9355.