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Farmers’ market seeks best of best off the vine

Michael’s Cafe owner Michael Trevors and Mor MOR Bistro owner John Nesby.

“We thought we’d get some culinary tastes in there,” commented Market Manager Jackie Aitchison of the judges.

Both farmers’ market vendors and the general public are welcome to enter their best tomatoes. The only rule is that tomatoes entered need to be homegrown. Aitchison said she’s already gotten a pretty good response by word of mouth and from fliers handed out at recent farmers’ markets, but she’s hoping for a good turnout for the tasting. When asked how many contestants she wanted, Aitchison joked, “Lots.”

“I think it would be great if we had a dozen different entries,” she said. “But never having done this before, I don’t know what to expect.”

First, second and third place prizes will be given in each of the five judging categories. Aitchison was still working on what all the prizes would be but said she was hoping to have some gift certificates to local restaurants, as well as PFM tote bags filled with goodies and PFM inaugural season posters to hand out to the winners.

Entries must be received no later than 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at the PFM booth at the Poulsbo Farmers’ Market, near the corner of 7th and Iverson. Gardeners are encouraged to bring a few extra tomatoes to share in a public tasting after the results have been announced.Michael’s Cafe owner Michael Trevors and Mor MOR Bistro owner John Nesby.

“We thought we’d get some culinary tastes in there,” commented Market Manager Jackie Aitchison of the judges.

Both farmers’ market vendors and the general public are welcome to enter their best tomatoes. The only rule is that tomatoes entered need to be homegrown. Aitchison said she’s already gotten a pretty good response by word of mouth and from fliers handed out at recent farmers’ markets, but she’s hoping for a good turnout for the tasting. When asked how many contestants she wanted, Aitchison joked, “Lots.”

“I think it would be great if we had a dozen different entries,” she said. “But never having done this before, I don’t know what to expect.”

First, second and third place prizes will be given in each of the five judging categories. Aitchison was still working on what all the prizes would be but said she was hoping to have some gift certificates to local restaurants, as well as PFM tote bags filled with goodies and PFM inaugural season posters to hand out to the winners.

Entries must be received no later than 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at the PFM booth at the Poulsbo Farmers’ Market, near the corner of 7th and Iverson. Gardeners are encouraged to bring a few extra tomatoes to share in a public tasting after the results have been announced.

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