More than 20 local farmers will gather on Feb. 9 as part of this year's Winter Blues North Farmers Market to showcase products available during cooler months: locally raised meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh produce, breads, jams, jellies, nuts, honey, fruits, woolen products and more.
"This is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing variety of products available in the winter months," said Bryan Cheslock, president of the Morgantown Farmers' Market Growers Association, which is hosting the event in coordination with WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center. "Our farmers are a major economic driver, and this event not only boosts local business but supports our community with fresh, delicious goods."
Local Food Dine Around
In addition the fresh produce and goods, this year's event will feature the new Local Food Dine Around and the Cast Iron Cook-Off.
Local restaurants will serve up specialty dishes that will be available for purchase. Chefs from Hill & Hollow, Morgantown Brewing Company, and Garcia's Grill, among others, will prepare entrees with locally grown foods so diners can fill their bellies while browsing the market.
Cast Iron Cook-Off
The Cast Iron Cook-Off, which is a cooking competition that celebrates food, culinary heritage and sustaining the local farm-to-table movement, will pit chef against chef in a competition to cook the best meal.
Inspired by Food Network's "Chopped," chefs will have 20 minutes to pick their ingredients from the market and prepare their meal in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The five chefs will then be judged on their dishes.
The Cast Iron Cook-Off competition, hosted by the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia, will recognize a Grand Champion and Best Overall Dish at the Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. A Junior Cast Iron Cook-Off competition will be held simultaneously with up to eight teams of high school students and a mentor.
More than 1,000 are expected to attend this premier event, which will also feature Romney, West Virginia-based bluegrass Buck Mountain String Band.
The 2017 Winter Blues North Farmers Market will be held Feb. 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park.
This event, which is sponsored by City Neon, is open to the public. The entry donation of $2 will help benefit Empty Bowls Monongalia.
For more information, visit http://smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/events/winter-blues-north-farmers-market or http://castironcookoff.org/.