Top Tomato in Floyd?

Check out the details…and bring your best on August 21st:

SustainFloyd to Host “Floyd Top Tomato” Contest  / Saturday, August 21st at Floyd Farmers Market

Do you think you grow the best-tasting tomatoes anywhere?  Put your ’maters to the test and bring them to the Floyd Farmers Market no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010 to be tasted  by a panel of local tomato aficionados and by the public for prizes in SustainFloyd’s “Floyd Top Tomato” contest.

All are welcome to enter, whether you are a market or garden grower.  However, all tomatoes must have been grown in Floyd or a contiguous county.  The judges will begin tasting at 11 a.m.  The Floyd Farmers Market is held every Saturday during the summer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Floyd Community Market pavilion downtown across from the Floyd Country Store.

The first prize for the best-tasting tomato will be a beautiful locally-made wooden cutting board.  The second prize will be a coupon to Dogtown Pizza in Floyd and the third prize will be $10 in Floyd Farmers Market Bucks to be spent at the Floyd Community Market pavilion.  There will also be a prize for the biggest tomato by weight.  Prizes will also be given for the most unusual looking tomato (a tomato resembling Abraham Lincoln, for instance) or (same category) the tomato with the best story (unusual origin of the seed, perhaps).

The news media is welcome and encouraged to cover this event.

What:    SustainFloyd hosts “Floyd Top Tomato” Contest:  Prizes given for best-tasting, largest and most unusual tomatoes

When:    Saturday, August 21, 2010 — 10 a.m. – Deadline for entering tomatoes in contest; Judging begins at 11 a.m.

Who:    Garden and market growers of tomatoes raised in Floyd County, VA & contiguous counties

Where:    Floyd Farmers Market held every Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer in the Floyd Community Market pavilion downtown across from the Floyd Country Store

Contact SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton at 540 250 0111 or

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To Market, to Market…

Floyd Community Market from Village Green aspect

… to buy a fat hog. Home again, home again, jiggety jog. So goes the nursery rhyme in the kids books. We used to always quote this upon returning home, but we said “friggedy frog” and Ann and I repeat this to this day. Do you have fragments remaining from your children’s language, the books they read, words or phrases from oft-told family stories that persist into your present?

That is not what I intended to talk about at all, but it being a Sunday morning home alone for the weekend, the dog not objecting, and my fingers having a mind of their own, that’s what happened, so there! And having taken that twig from a diversion off the side road of a segue, I think it might be interesting if my kids are ever together with us in the same room again (sobering to think this might never happen) we should compile rapid-fire a list of words or phrases that nobody else in the world outside our family would understand.

Meanwhile back at the market…yesterday’s official opening of the Saturday morning Floyd Community Market event seemed to have a high level of activity, commerce and energy. There was a steady stream of known and visiting folk, and while I was intending to go to take pictures for various uses and needs, I spent far more time in conversation and eating ice-cream. Turned out to be a marvelous day, weather-wise, after the deluge of the evening before, and my guess is that the vendors had a good day–like those who came to see (and smell the coffee vapors from Red Rooster Roaster to the far right center of the image) and enjoy the community atmosphere.

The Artisan’s Market on Friday afternoon and the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning will be a regular summer and fall feature, so come share! Bookmark the SustainFloyd web site for related creative and agricultural activities in and around Floyd. If you’re a blogger or organization web site owner, consider adding SustainFloyd to your blog roll.

Okay. I’ve got one. “I don’t want no more of that sourcrap.” And which First Child was it that as a three-yr-old confused the name of okra and called it VELCRO?

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