Two weeks left

This has been a very hot and dry season. Some of the crops have
suffered due to lack of precipitation and the abundant scorching humid
heat. I was informed that when we did have rain, recently, the water
rested on the peaches by the stem and eventually rotted them. As a
result, there wasn’t any honey to be sold, last week was the end of the
peaches, and the hens weren’t laying the normal amount of eggs. Apples
are now coming into season and could use more cold nights to stay in
good production.

We have two weeks to go before the end of this year’s season. In two
weeks, we’re having our “End of the Season Apple Cobbler Bake-off
Contest” sponsored by Hazelrig Orchards. The three judges will be
Gardendale Mayor Othelle Phillips, Community Liaison for America’s First
Credit Union, Jimese Harkley, and Scott Cantrell, State Farm Insurance.
The three prizes are $50.00 first prize, $30.00 second prize, and $20.00
third prize. We have three already committed and one that’s stated
they’ll sign up this Thursday. We do require five contestants. The
rules are listed below.

Bill Woodard will be attending this coming Thursday, the 18th, to
sharpen knives, scissors, and lawn mower blades. This will be his last
time for this year.

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Outreach guest

Doris Moody, a staff member of State of Teal, will have a booth
regarding ovarian cancer this Thursday.

Update for this coming Thursday’s market

Bubba Wade, W&W Farms, will not attend this week due to the dry weather
and crops not coming in fast enough.

Bill Woodard will be with us on Sept. 18th sharpening knives, scissors,
and lawn mower blades.

A reminder – the apple cobbler bake-off contest will be held on our last
day, Sept. 25th. See the rules below.

We hope to see you today

Today – September 4th

Bubba Wade, W&W Farms, will be at the market selling his USDA pork
sausage and produce.

Bill Woodard will be with us on Sept. 18th sharpening knives, scissors,
and lawn mower blades.

A reminder – the apple cobbler bake-off contest will be held on our last
day, Sept. 25th. See the rules below.

We hope to see you today

Apple cobbler bake-off contest

We’ve changed the date of the contest from Sept. 18th to the 25th.

Gardendale Farmers Market Season
Ending Apple Cobbler Bake-off Contest

September 25th, 2 PM, at the Gardendale Civic Center, 857 Main St.,
Gardendale, AL.

$50.00 first prize
$30.00 second prize
$20.00 third prize

1. Registration and apples must be purchased from the Hazelrig
Orchard’s booth or at their stand at 64235 Hwy. 231, Cleveland, AL.

2. Pre-registration is required; the deadline is Wednesday
September 24th at 1 PM. See Hazelrig Orchard’s booth/stand or the
market manager if you have questions. Call Hazelrig’s at (205) 237-0929
or Jim Parola at (205) 285-9170.

3. There must be at least 5 bake-off contestants to have the
contest.

4. By 1:45 PM (sharp), the cobblers must be turned in at the
judging booth to qualify.

5. The cobblers will be judged on taste, consistency, and
presentation.

6. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the civic
center.

7. Professional businesses or bakers may not enter.

Today – August 28th

Due to the crazy weather, the scheduled sweet potato cobbler bake-off
next week has been canceled. Likewise, W & W Farms will not be
attending today because of a lack of produce. The main factor is lack
of precipitation and high heat.

Also, please remember to patronize our sponsors, Tri-Green Equipment,
America’s First Credit Union, Alabama Stone Works, and Scott Cantrell’s
State Farm Insurance. Tell them that you saw our advertising.

Please come out and support our local farmers and vendors. Hope to see
you later.

Tomorrow, August 21st

Due to the high heat and lack of rain, Witt’s Farm will no longer be
with us for the rest of this season. Hazelrig Orchards will have plenty
of peaches, apples, pears, and other produce.

Lance Lee, Director of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, will be present
looking for volunteers for hospice and home visits.

It’s predicted to be a hot day, and I suggest that you come early. We
look forward to seeing you.

Regarding tomorrow’s update, August 14th

Suzie Burkett, The Chocolate Biskit, will not be returning due to loss
of help with her restaurant.

A little of the past and future

This past Thursday, we had the peach cobbler bake-off contest with ten
contestants. The contest was sponsored by Witt’s Market in Gardendale.
The three winners were 1st prize, $50.00, Hazel Butts; 2nd prize,
$30.00, Becky Brown; and 3rd prize, $20.00, James Boston. Our three
judges were city council president, Stan Hogeland. He had to be
escorted by two police officers fighting and screaming that he didn’t
want to be there (if you believe that, I have a bridge for sale); Witt’s
Market manager, Gina Posey, who would put any judge on the Food
Channel’s Iron Chef to shame. Her attitude was, take no prisoners;
Kairos Katering, Chef James Jones, who acted like a poker player showing
no response as he tasted the cobblers. We thank them for giving their
taste buds so much work. Our next two cobbler bake-off contests are
sweet potato, Sept. 4th, sponsored by Lawrence Calvert, and apple, Sept.
18th, sponsored by Hazelrig Orchards. The prizes will remain as 1st
place, $50.00; 2nd place $30.00; and 3rd place, $20.00.

Chef James Jones, Kairos Katering, will no longer be with us for the
remainder of the season. He did state he’ll be with us next year. Bill
Woodard will be sharpening knives, scissors, and mower blades this week.
If all goes well, Suzie Burkett, The Chocolate Biscuit, will be back
from vacation selling her chicken salad, pimento cheese, and baked
goods.

The weather looks like it’s going to be a little cooler than normal, and
we hope to have a good turn-out. See you then.

Thursday, August 7th

Today is the peach cobbler bake-off contest, at 2 PM, and is sponsored
by Witt’s Market. We have ten contestants that are competing. Chef
James Jones, Kairos Katering, Stan Hogeland, Gardendale City Council
President, and Gina Posey, manager of Witt’s Market are the judges.
After the contest, cobbler will be sold for $.25 a piece.

It’s predicted to be a hot day, so come on over early. Due to the high
heat and lack of rain, there will be no sales of blueberries. Suzy
Burkett, The Chocolate Biscuit, is still on vacation and Jeff/Cheryl
Fortner, Fortner Farm, will no longer be with us due to the weather.

Come over and support our local growers and baked goods vendors.