Round 1 Results - Market Chef Competition
The competition was stiff and the results are in! Did you take in the action?
The mother-daughter team of Becky and Autumn Ulrich competed against Quinn Scarvey and her trusty helper, young Eli Sherrill. Eli is a 4-H student who recently participated in the Cooperative Extension's Farm to Fork Summer Fun program. His trusty knife skills were a real asset for Quinn.
The participants were given a basket of food items that they had to use in their dish. These included: a piece of Wild Turkey Farm Sausage, bread from The Bread Basket, and various vegetables (pepper, tomato, onion, squash) of which they had to use 3 in their dish. Then they had 15 minutes to shop at the market spending no more than $10.00 to augment the basket items. Both went for herbs and the Ulrich team peaches while Quinn chose eggs. They moved quickly around the market - adding buying special items to make just the right dish.
Once shopping time was up they went to work - chopping, sauteing, mixing, toasting. There were a few obstacles to face - but that didn't hold them back. The small work space and limited appliances only added to the excitement. Market patrons stopped by to chat, snap a photo, and even pry more information for the contestants. The 45 minute cooking time went fast but when the buzzer rang - both teams displayed impressive results.
Becky and Autumn presented a Vegetable and Sausage Medley on Tuscan Toast accented by Peach Sangria. Quinn and Eli presented Farm Fresh Egg , Sauteed Vegetable Medley topped with Goat Cheese on Toast. The judges took their time tasting the delicious offerings and it was a very close competition. When the results were tallied - Becky and Autumn Ulrich were declared the winners of the first round of Market Chef 2014. Congratulations, Becky and Autumn!
If you missed the competition or want to make sure you're there to see the next one - mark your calendar for 10:00 am on Saturday, August 9th. Two new chef teams will compete against Becky and Autumn! Make sure to reserve September 6th for the Grand Finale!
Market Chef Competition - Begins Sat. July 19!
Do you enjoy "heated" competition? Are you brave in the kitchen? Do you have cooking skills? Can you create gourmet dishes in a pinch? If so, the Market Chef Competition is for you! This market season, the Rowan-Salisbury Farmers' Market will host its first ever cooking competition. There will be three days of competition. At the end of the competition, the winner will be crowned, "The Best Market Chef". The first round will be held July 19 with four competitors. The winner will continue on to the next round, competing against a new set of challengers.
There will be twists and turns at every competition. Chefs will handle local mystery ingredients, time/money limitations, and new judges with each round. This competition will be similar to Food Television's popular shows, "Cut Throat Kitchen", "Iron Chef", and "Chopped". Contestants need to bring their "A-Game" if they wish to make the final round!
Seasonal ingredients from the Farmers' Market will be the contestants' muse. Each ingredient provided has to be used in the dishes that the chefs create. Failure to do this will cause them to be "sliced". Presentation is important! The contestants can also have an assistant of their choosing. They must bring their own knives, spices, oil, unopened pantry items, pots, pans, etc. Pots and pans will have to be brought to the Cooperative Extension office on the Monday before the competition to be washed and sanitized. To compete, contestants must fill out the application and deliver to the Cooperative Extension office at 2727-A Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. There is a $10.00 fee for contestants. Because of limited space, fees will be collected after the contestants are selected (contestants are selected on a first come first served basis). Applications are due no later than Friday, July 11th.
The dates to compete are July 19, August 9, and September 6. The competition will be held at 10 am at the Rowan-Salisbury Farmers' Market, 115 S. Jackson St., Salisbury.
So, if you feel that you have what it takes to be the first Rowan-Salisbury Farmers' Market, "Market Chef", bring it on!
Want to participate? Review the competition rules and submit your application. Let the competition begin!
Fabulous food from the Farmers Market
By DEIRDRE PARKER SMITH/SALISBURY POST
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:14 a.m.
Stepping into the wonderland of the Salisbury Farmers Market dazzles the senses. Over here are sweet sugar snap peas and crisp bok choy. Over there, rainbow swiss chard and feathery fennel. There's cantaloupe, South Carolina peaches and mouth-watering baked goods.
Where to start?
If you are well prepared and have recipes, it's easy to find what you need. But if you are a little more adventurous (or bad at planning), you look for what's gorgeous and fresh and then work out how to use it.
Because you can find plenty of protein at the market, from cheese and eggs to chicken, pork, beef and lamb to fresh Outer Banks fish, you can easily create a complete meal in one trip.
Shop early to get the best of the best. Some vendors encourage shoppers to pre-order so they'll be sure to have what you want. This is especially a good idea for Outer Banks Seafood and for Wild Turkey Farms. If Wild Turkey Farms has chicken, it won't last long. Everyone wants free-range chicken.
On an early weekend at this year's market, we bought andouille sausage from Wild Turkey Farms. Over at Lee Ly's table, we found pea shoots, something new and unusual. The Lys say you can use anything green in a stir fry, and they've never steered us wrong.
My husband and I got pea shoots and thin, crispy pea pods, along with fresh spinach and fresh garlic.
Welcome to the Salisbury Farmers Market
Home to the best local produce in the Carolinas, the Salisbury Farmers Market has a wide variety of products. You expect fresh produce and fruits, but did you know we also have local meat and crafts as well? View our complete vendor list and learn more about the people who grow, raise, and make the products as the market each week.
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April 26 to September 27--Wednesday and Saturdays from 8:00 am until 12 noon
Saturdays Market Only—October 4 to December 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Our market season ends on November 29, 2014