My day at the Ferguson farmer’s Market started early this week.
I got up at 7:40 in order to get there right when the market opened. Yoli needed fresh strawberries for her entry in the strawberry contest that would be held 2 hours later.
There were tons of beautiful, ripe berries. I also came home with a pound of sugar snap peas, grown in Ferguson at EarthDance farms, as well as some snow peas from Hahn Farm (one of my favorite vendors there).
Yoli made strawberry pizza, which consists of a pecan shortbread crust, a moscarpone cream, and strawberries in a sauce.
For the first time, my parents came out to the market with us. My mom is newly-retired from her job managing the cafe at our church, and this was one of her first free Saturday mornings in a long time. It was fun to be with them, and handy to have their help with the girls.
This week the market had some vendors bring their sheep to demonstrate how they shear them and what the wool looks like. The wool is then used to make various textiles.
In fact, there were a number of craft booths I hadn’t seen before, including one with some pretty cool furniture made from tree branches.
The strawberry contest had 8 entries, and as is typical for us, Yoli’s entry was the second-to-last to be entered. We made sure we let them know that Yoli used pecans and strawberries purchased at the market (counts for a bit of extra credit, I believe)
There were four judges, including the new Ferguson police chief, Tom Jackson.
As it turned out, Yoli came in second place! She won $20 and hopefully her photo will appear in the Ferguson Times. The market folks definitely recognize her nowadays and remember her previous tasty contest creations.
She may not have been the ultimate champion (although I have to say I preferred her pizza to the winning cake entry), but it was still loads of fun. And the pie contest still lurks ahead.