The Española Farmers Market is hosting its Eleventh Annual Biggest Vegetable & Best Poem Contest on Monday, October 11, 2010. The big vegetables will be displayed all morning and the selections of winning vegetables and poetry will be announced at 1:30 pm. Ribbons will be awarded in several categories: biggest pumpkin, biggest heirloom squash, biggest root vegetable, biggest apple, biggest chile, oddest vegetable and wild card vegetable. Archeobotanist Glenna Dean will be the judge for the vegetables. Santa Clara poet Beata Tsosie-Pena will select and read the winning poems in the children’s poetry contest. Dexter Trujillo will be baking all afternoon in our new horno. Copies of the 2007/2008 Double Edition of A Farming Chapbook will be available free to participants on the Contest Day. Winners of this year’s contest will appear in the 2009/2010 Chapbook next season.
Our October 11th Contest Day is also a regular Market Monday, 10 am- 5pm. The Market is located at 1005 N. Railroad Avenue. Visitors can find heirloom squash, pumpkins, apples, onions, late tomatoes, chile, horno-roasted chicos, and other treats. Children will be able to select a book from our free Kids’ Book Exchange. Join your neighbors and friends at the Española Farmers’ Market on October 6th, enjoying the fine produce, the award-winning vegetable giants and the children’s poetry. Every Monday is a special day at the Market!