The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market annual Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival was a delicious success. Guest judges Darel Ross II, co-director of LINC, and Tony Jolliffi, from the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) determined the winners. Dishes were judged for flavor, presentation and wow factor. Market manager Kristin Blood awarded prizes at the market on Oct. 19.
In first place, Holly Bechiri won a gift certificate to Nourish Organic Market for her green tomato jam and homemade bread. Sharon Maddox took second place with collard and turnip greens grown in her family’s garden. Her prize is a private sewing lesson with Erica Millsbrook. In third place, Darlene Gibbons won a gift certificate to A Grand Skein with fresh collards grown in her own garden.
Throughout the competition, market patrons enjoyed sampling contest entries and fried green tomatoes prepared on the spot by market partner Cynthia Price of the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council. Download a copy of our Fried Green Tomato Recipes cookbook here.