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Greens Cook-off a winning time for everyone

first-placeDespite the threat of rainy weather, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival brought out some great cooks and delicious tastes. Chef Lewis Williams and , manager of the Linc Up Soul Food Cafe, brought two, huge pots of cooked collards — his Mama’s secret recipe — for market patrons to sample.

The event’s judges awarded prizes to the three greens dishes gathering the most tallied points. Points were given for taste, nutritional value, presentation and wow factor.

  • First Prize: Andy Geelhoed, greens made in ham-bone broth. Andy won a $75 gift certificate to our market cake vendor. He plans on using it for his mother’s upcoming birthday.
  • Second Prize: Alita Kelly, spicy vegan greens. Alita won a $50 gist certificate for Country Life Natural Foods. Alita was thrilled as she already had a Country Life Order in mind.
  • Third Prize: Darlene Gibbons, kale and collards. Darlene received a gift certificate to LINC UP Soul Food Cafe. Darlene can’t wait to go enjoy delicious soul food without having to cook it herself.

Thank you judges, Anthony King and Anja Mast, who also brought some amazing green tomato chow chow for all to enjoy. And, a very  BIG THANK YOU to LINC UP Soul Food Cafe for co-sponsoring the event!

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Enter your dish to win at the Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival

Donna King (right) won first place at the 2012 cook-off with her greens and cornbread.

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market hosts its annual Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival from 12 to 2 p.m.  Saturday October 12 at Gerald R Ford School, Madison Avenue just south of Franklin Street. Do you have a delicious family collard or turnip greens recipe? Are your fried green tomatoes as good as your granny’s? Enter to win! Our local celebrity judges will taste and evaluate the dishes for taste, texture, nutritional content, presentation and wow factor.

You don’t have to register ahead of time. Simply bring your dish to the designated table at the farmers’ market and register on site. Our Kitchen Table (OKT) will present prizes for first place, second place and honorable mention in two categories, greens and green tomatoes, at the market on Saturday October 19.

Even if you don’t enter the contest, stop by to watch cooking demos and sample delicious greens and green tomato dishes. In addition, OKT will hand out free green tomato cookbooks and recipe cards. For information on the Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival, email oktable1@gmail.com or call 616-206-3641.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. at Garfield Park, Madison Avenue and Burton Street, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Gerald R Ford School, Madison Avenue and Franklin Street.