The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its annual Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival.
Chef Nancy LaVoie will honor us as our celebrity chef. Nancy serves as Director of Culinary Events at Thought Design Management Consultants. She has taken part in past our past cook-offs and contributed many delicious recipes to our Green Tomato Cookbook — even a cake! We are in the process of recruiting judges and community partners to take part in the event, as well.
Last year, first prize went to Andy Geelhoed for 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. Alita Kelly won 2nd place prize, a $50 gift certificate for Country Life Natural Foods. Third place winner, Darlene Gibbons, won a gift certificate to LINC UP Soul Food Café for her super-healthy Kale and Collards.
To enter, simply bring your crock pot of greens or green tomato dish to the market by 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. We will provide plug-ins to keep crock pots warm. Prizes will be awarded no later than 2 p.m.
LINC UP Soul Food Café partnering in Greens Cook-off at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market!
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosts its annual “Greens Cook-off & Green Tomato Festival” during market hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. This year, LINC UP Soul Food Café is joining the fun! Chef Lewis Williams, LINC UP Café Manager, will preside and cook up his mama’s secret greens recipe for sampling and sharing—that’s right, he is going to share copies of his mama’s recipe!
“It’s all about Mind Body and GREENS,” Williams says.
Community members can enter the cook-off by simply bringing their prepared greens or green tomato dish to the market between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., when judging will commence. Prizes will include gift certificates to LINC UP Soul Food Café, a $50 Country Life Natural Foods gift certificate and a gift baskets full of products and produce provided by market vendors.
Grand Rapids celebrity chef, Chef O (Chef Oliver Hale) will judge the competition. An award-winning chef, tennis champion, transplant survivor, TV host and community volunteer, Chef O received a kidney transplant on January 29, 1985 as the result of kidney failure and a massive heart attack. He credits healthy cooking and eating for his longevity and success as a chef and an athlete.
In addition, Grand Rapids cooking coach, Anja Mast, will demonstrate and share samples of green tomato recipes. All market patrons will enjoy taste-testing fried green tomatoes and go home with a free, 30-page Green Tomato Cookbook developed by the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, Kent County Health Department and Grand Rapids Food Systems Council. The cook book features, by permission, celebrity chef Bryant Terry’s recipe for Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes as well as everything from appetizers to desserts.
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Enter your favorite greens or green tomato recipe to win!
In celebration of the Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival, Our Kitchen Table and the Kent County Health Department have revised the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Green Tomato Recipe Book. The 28-page booklet offers 34 green tomato recipes in five categories: fried green tomatoes, appetizers, main dishes, condiments and desserts. Market patrons are welcome to a free copy!
In addition to the original 34 recipes from the its first edition, the revised cook booklet includes a recipe for vegan fried green tomatoes provided by chef and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, Bryant Terry, as well as a recipe for delicious Green Tomato Cake shared by local chef and market supporter, Nancy Rutledge.
The Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival take place noon to 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12 at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, Gerald R Ford School, 851 Madison Ave. SE. To enter, bring your prepared dish to the market and register on site. Even if you don’t enter the contest, stop by to watch cooking demos and sample delicious greens and green tomato dishes!
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays 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. Shop with your Bridge Card and double your local Michigan produce dollars up to $20 each day you visit!