FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012
||Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
State Farmers Market to host peach dessert contest at Peach Day July 12
RALEIGH—The State Farmers Market will celebrate the start of peach season with peach ice cream, samples, a peach dessert contest, an appearance by the N.C. Peach Queen, free recipes and information. It’s all part of the market’s annual Peach Day on Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
All dessert contest entries should be baked at home and brought to the State Farmers Market office between 8 and 10 a.m. on July 12. Each entry should include the recipe typed or written on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. The contestant’s name, address and telephone number should be listed in the upper right hand corner.
Judging begins at 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at the Peach Day celebration in the Farmers Building. Entries will be judged for flavor, appearance and attractiveness, the texture and quality of the finished product, and creative use and preparation. There is $150 in prize money at stake. Prizes will be awarded for the first-, second- and third-place dishes.
Peaches must be one of the main ingredients in each recipe, and all desserts must include at least two cups of N.C. peaches. All entries should be placed in disposable containers. Recipes containing raw eggs will not be judged. Recipes do not need to be original recipes. All recipes submitted become the property of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The contest and Peach Day activities are sponsored by NCDA&CS, the N.C. Peach Growers Society, the State Farmers Market and the N.C. Dairy Industry Promotion Committee.
Peach season in North Carolina runs from the end of May through September. North Carolina peach growers produce freestone and clingstone varieties. Freestone peaches easily detach from the pit and are often eaten fresh, while clingstone peaches, which adhere tightly to the pit, are more popular for canning and baking.
For more information about Peach Day, the dessert contest or other events at the State Farmers Market, go to www.statefarmersmarket.org or call 919-733-7417.