3 Categories of Competition
Category 1 Tomatoes: Best side dish
Category 2 Corn: Best side dish
Category 3 Peaches: Best dessert
Entry/dish will be judged on the following criteria using a 5 point scale, 5 being highest:
Recipes and dishes must be submitted between 10:00 and 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 11. Register under the pavilion at the Bainbridge Farmers Market. Dishes will be judged by three local foodies and winners will be announced at 12:30 PM. Winning recipes will be featured on the Bainbridge Farmers Market website, social media, and in a future market cookbook.
The Sherman family has been farming land in Grady County, Georgia for three generations. In the past they've farmed tobacco and cane. The land now extends into Decatur County and supports a diversity of crops including collards, green beans, squash, rutabaga, onions, watermelons, green peas, shell peas, corn, and wheat. This year Sherman also has a plot for organic watermelons, beets, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Plans for the future include a U-Pick, farm tours, and fruit orchards.
Kelvin Sherman has been going to farmers markets and selling local produce to the area since childhood. He's since developed an extensive cooperative network of neighboring small farmers and gardeners and plays a key role in getting their foods to local markets.
If you live in southwest Georgia, you know how suited our environment is for growing mushrooms. Just look outside after a good rain! Lake Seminole Farm has taken full advantage of our climate and habitat to grow healthy, quality organic Shiitake mushrooms year-round. The family and volunteers inoculate locally-sourced logs with certified organic spawn. Fresh crops are ready to harvest weekly and are free of pesticides, herbicides, and additives. The farm now grows varieties of oyster mushrooms as well. Fresh and dried mushrooms can be found at farmers markets, restaurants, and small groceries in southwest Georgia and north Florida.
Lake Seminole Farm is located on the shores of Lake Seminole. You can find recipes, information about their products and growing process, and even volunteer on their website.
Shiitake mushrooms make a healthy, delicious alternative to meat, and are a rare delicacy to most of the US. Bainbridge Farmers Market is extremely fortunate to have Lake Seminole Farm just down the road! Let’s give them and each of our vendors a warm Bainbridge welcome at the Farmers Market Opening Day.
Mr. Willie is a farmers market staple - he's been with us since since our first opening day. We all know and love him as the man with the boiled peanuts. On chilly market mornings you can often find vendors and volunteers huddled around his peanut boiler, enjoying coffee and conversation.
Willie Williams has been selling boiled peanuts and produce from the back of his truck since 2002. He grows collards, mustards, and turnips in his hometown of Newton, Georgia.
When he's not at the Bainbridge Farmers Market, you can find Willie and his wares in Albany, at the Express Lane by the Dollar Store or in Newton, at the intersection of Highways 91 and 37.
The Bainbridge Farmers' Market returns to the Square in downtown Bainbridge tomorrow, Saturday March 28! This Spring season we invite you to come grow with us! We're teaming up with the Bainbridge YMCA to bring you fitness events on the Square throughout the season. Join us for Pilates on the Square on opening day at 10 AM. But don't wait until 10 o'clock to come see us - the first 5 shoppers will get a free Kale Yeah! Farmers' Market bag, and the first 25 visitors to the info booth get to take home a free baby basil plant. Use the basil to jump start your own herb garden for a chance to win $50 Market bucks. The Superb Herb Garden Photo Contest runs all season long. Visit our photo booth with your friends and family and share your pictures with us - just tag them with #bainbridgefarmersmarket.
Some of our favorite vendors return to the Market this season, along with fresh new faces. Harvest Moon Market, Sherman Farms, Southern Fresh Market, and Willie Williams will all be at the market with fresh produce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon rolls from April Kneads Dough, cane syrup from Damon Scott, or treats from Peace Valley Bakery (and don't forget to pick up some fresh-baked Peace bread!). Bring your knives down to Bob Stott for sharpening to get ready for spring cooking. Pick up some treats for your furry friend from Dudley's Doggie Delights. Bainbridge High School FFA will have live plants and Bob Stott will have heirloom flower seeds for your Spring gardening needs.
To help celebrate our opening day, three of your favorite downtown restaurants are featuring dishes with our season's signature herb - basil! Crave Eatery will debut a basil sauce, which will also be packaged in jars for purchase at the market. This delectable sauce may be used in a variety of ways: in salads, as a dip, on top of grilled meat or fish, drizzled over soups for a burst of flavor, added to grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza, mixed with rice for a delicious basil garlic rice, on pasta as a sauce, or over roasted vegetables. Isaac's Bakery will serve up a warm and hearty tomato basil soup, full of amazing flavor! Port City Deli will feature a Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap. This wrap contains grilled chicken, mozzerella, tomato, basil, and a balsamic reduction on choice of wrap.
While you are downtown, don't forget to visit all our lovely local shops. A custom made Refinery candle will be available at Maiden South with $1 from each purchase going to support continued work of the Bainbridge Farmers' Market. The scent, Farmers' Market, is a blend of sun-ripened tomato and basil and herbs.
Downtown Bainbridge is the place to be Saturday morning - we can't wait to see you there!
As always, we'd like to thank our vendors, our loyal customers, the downtown business community, and our sponsors for helping us bring Bainbridge back to the table.
We want you to grow with us! Start an herb garden this Spring and show us how it grows through the season. Submit 2 photos of your garden's progress on any one of our social accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter) and tag them with #bainbridgefarmermarket and #bainbridgegrown. The winner will be announced June 17 and will win $50 in market dollars to spend with any of our vendors at the Farmers' Market.
Want a jump start on your herb garden? Just show up early on Opening Day, March 28th! We'll be giving away free baby basil plants to our first 25 customers!
As part of our ongoing effort to highlight healthy lifestyles within the community, your Bainbridge Farmers’ Market is partnering with other local agencies that strive for the same goal.
During our opening market of the Spring Season on March 28, the Bainbridge/Decatur County YMCA will be hosting “Pilates on the Square.” A certified instructor will help lead participants of all ages through a variety of simple pilates moves, designed to strengthen the body and increase flexibility.
Kids Zumba, brought to us by the YMCA, will be Saturday April 11 at 9 a.m.
Throughout the spring market season, we will periodically welcome the YMCA back to the square to lead other classes that encourage us to move our bodies and focus on healthy habits that can lead to a healthier life.
All are invited to this “Pilates on the Square” event – no equipment is needed, but bring a mat or towel if possible. The class will begin at 10 a.m., which leaves participants plenty of time to shop for fresh produce and other goods at the market.
The Bainbridge Farmers' Market opens for Spring on March 28, so now is the time for area farmers and gardeners to start preparing! Did you have an over abundance of blueberries, tomatoes, or squash in your garden last year? This year don't let your bounty go to waste! Let your garden put cash in your pocket by selling at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market. We are currently accepting applications, which you can find here. Grower's permits are required to sell at the Market, but don't let that stop you - they are available for free from the County Extension Office. We're also looking for vendors to sell local honey, eggs, flowers, and fruit. More information on the required permits and licenses can be found in our Vendor application. Feel free to contact us with questions.
So what are you waiting for? Get offline, get outside, and start planting!
Many thanks go to our sponsor Southern States for supplying the seeds we gave away at the Christmas Parade! Check below for planting instructions (all info and images courtesy of Southern States). More info is also available on the Southern States website. Happy planting!
Cherry Belle Radish
Garden Beans - Tendergreen
Garden Beans - Mountaineer Half Runner
Purple Top White Globe Turnips