Please enjoy our last issue of 2011, with photos in the attached versions.
Many thanks to Linda Hagye for her publishing skills this season.
See you next year at the markets!
Amador Farmers Market
FRESH TO YOUR HOME
Oct 14 2011 2011 Number 21
The last market of the season was October 12 in Pine Grove, and it was a spectacular day, quite the opposite of the cold, rainy weather of the previous week. The beautiful autumn day was a perfect day for the Bakeoff Finals, which brought five contestants out to compete for the top prize. Jack Magee’s Travelin’ Tunes provided a festive atmosphere. Judges Chesney Grant of the Blue Moon Cafe and Jennifer Ablett, pastry chef at Taste Restaurant, assisted by young Lily Ablett, tasted the pumpkin desserts and chose their winners. In third place, with a Pumpkin Praline Tart with Spiced Pecans, was Frannie Weinrob, who won a gift certificate to the Blue Moon Cafe. In second place, with CJ’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, was Anne Heissenbuttel, who also won a gift certificate to the Blue Moon Cafe. And the Pine Grove champion for 2011, winning a gift certificate to the Volcano Union Inn, was Sara Peterson, with her Spiderweb Tart with Marscapone Cream. The market wishes to thank both judges, and Lily, for their time, and the Blue Moon Cafe for their generous donation of a gift certificate. We also appreciate the efforts of all our bakeoff contestants throughout the season.
The Pine Grove vendors received a wonderful “Thank-you” from the Argonaut senior class, who had gotten donations of produce from the vendors for the monthly luncheons Ms. Pipersky’s class is preparing and serving. The class created a lovely poster, signing their names (see photo), and also gave the individual vendors thank-you notes. The vendors were charmed by the response of the students, and were happy to have helped with their project. Our thanks goes to Ms. Pipersky for shopping at the Pine Grove farmers’ market!
On a personal note, Wednesday’s market was not just the last of the season for me, but my last as market manager. After six years of managing, I have decided to retire from this position, so the normal mix of relief and sadness at the end of the market was amplified greatly for me. I will miss the market, and the wonderful community of vendors and customers that have been such a great part of my life for the past several years, but I feel that it is time to introduce some fresh energy to the market. This season, I have been fortunate to have had Vicki Bray as my assistant, who has been a tremendous help to me, and has been ever cheerful while learning the ups and downs of managing the market. I feel confident that in passing on the market to Vicki, I am leaving it in good hands.
So this is my last newsletter– I hope you have enjoyed hearing about the markets, and I hope you have been inspired to be part of the farmers’ market community by attending the markets regularly. When you see me next year at the markets, I will be an avid customer instead of the manager! Until then…
Pine Grove Entries
Our Judges. ThankYou.
Argonaut Senior Class Thank You Note.