• Race your decorated zucchni at 1:30 p.m.
By Sara Conyers
Homer Farmers Market VISTA volunteer
As this endless summer rolls on, join us this Saturday for the Homer Farmers Market’s Third-Annual Zucchini Festival and Races.
The celebration of zucchini will begin at the start of the market with another great Chef-at-the-Market presentation with Lori Jenkins from 10-11:30 a.m. Jenkins will share samples and recipes as she prepares her “Zucchini and Lime-Basil Party.” Throughout the market, vendors will also be sharing their favorite zucchini recipes.
Zucchini Races begin at 1:30 p.m., and kids can either bring their own decorated zucchini car from home, or buy a zucchini from a Farmers Market vendor and decorate it in the Kids Zone. Zucchini car construction and decoration will begin at 11 a.m. in the Kids Zone. Great prizes will be awarded for winners.
Do you have a colossal carrot, gargantuan garlic or a titanic turnip? Bring it and any other large vegetable to enter the Largest Vegetable contest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the back activities tent.
The contest will be judged at 2 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for the largest vegetable in each category.
And be sure to grab some delicious zucchini-themed prepared food from one of the food vendors.
As you stock up on the season’s bounty, remember the “Rainbow of Nutrients” discussed at last week’s “Superfood, Superfun, Salads” Chef-at-the-Market demonstration with nutritional therapist, Jenifer Dickson.
Dickson reminded us of the importance of eating a variety of colors to obtain the most nutrients in every meal. If you want your kids to eat more veggies, explain how the rainbow of nutrients works. Add red foods to keep your heart strong, orange foods to keep your eyes healthy, yellow foods to keep you from getting sick and green foods to help make your bones and teeth strong. Blue and purple foods help your memory.
For more inspiration, try one of Jenkins’ delicious and nutritious recipes. Homer Farmers Market matches your Quest benefits up to $20 at every market. That means that for $20 in Quest benefits, you will have $40 to spend at the market. Many vendors accept Quest tokens for produce, eggs, seafood and baked goods.
1/2 cup of each:
grated red pepper
grated golden beets
grated green apple
diced kale, thinly sliced
red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (optional)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon local honey, slightly warm
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Prepare dressing and mix well. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.
Super Simple Broccoli Salad
4 cups broccoli, any size, raw
1/2 cup dried fruit
1/4 cup red onion, very thin slices
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbls local honey, slightly warm
1 teaspoon sea salt
Prepare dressing and mix well.
Combine all in ingredients in large bowl. Marinate four hours and serve.
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