The stuff had to be dropped off on Tuesday, the judging occurred the rest of the week, and on Saturday we went to the fair. Our results were beyond our wildest dreams!
TKG won a blue ribbon for her cornichon/gerkhins:
A blue ribbon for her Cowboy Candy (red pepper jelly):
And third place for her mustard/dill relish (the judges' notes said "not enough product" and "lid was dusty," which annoyed her in the worst way):
My hops got a blue:
And the radishes got second place:
I know now that they were graded down for the lack of size consistency.
To say we were thrilled is an understatement (while laughing over the silliness of it all). But the accolades do not stop there! There were substantial cash prizes involved: $4 for blue, $2 for red, and $1 for white. So TKG made $9, and I made $6! Being the overgrown boy that I am, I promptly spent my earnings at the fair on a soft-serve ice cream cone, and 1/4 pound of hot Spanish peanuts. Before I even got the money.
Other harvests this week included our last and best-ever muskmelon, over 3 pounds:
Inside, pure delight:
Some of the last zucchini, and a typical every-other-day picking of raspberries:
Some solanacea, which are not loving the chilly and damp weather we've been having:
And a big harvest of chard and kale:
Also this week TKG and her mother picked a large amount of wild Concord grapes from the property across the road (with permission), and she put up many jars of delicious grape jelly:
That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and indulging us in our well-meaning boasting. Of course, we are already planning next year's entries. Do you have an agricultural show you can enter your best vegetables? If so, make your plans. It is so much fun!
See all the other harvests posted on Harvest Monday. I'm sure the're all prize-winners! Thanks to Dave at Our Happy Acres for hosting Harvest Monday.
Congratulations to you and the TKG on your ribbons! I am truly impressed. I confess I have never been to our county fair, though I have been to the state fair, where the entries and judging are taken quite seriously. I love the way you celebrated too!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Dave! I bet the state fair is really competitive.Delete
Oh what fun! Congratulations on your ribbons, well deserved I'm sure! That's an amazing melon, blue ribbon material.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Michelle! While our melon was a great result for us, no way would it have won a ribbon at the fair. They were huge!Delete
Congratulations to you on your ribbons! You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Linda, and warm greetings to you. Je me souviens!ReplyDelete
Congrats on all those ribbons! I would have spent the money in the exact same way! I also would have been thoroughly annoyed with the mention of a dusty lid... grrrr. And that melon looks delicious!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Julie. I should have saved my prize money to apply to next year's seeds, but...Delete
Well, a big congratulations on all those ribbons - that's amazing! We have a local agricultural fair as well and each year they publish a magazine listing all of the different award ribbons that are up for grabs - they have a category for practically everything! I've actually never gone to it but I'm thinking that I should check it out next year. Your harvests look very similar to mine...less the melon unfortunately.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Margaret. The contest was really fun, and I'm sure you'd do well.Delete
First place for pickles and pepper jelly at a county fair!? A Kitchen Goddess indeed. Well done to you both!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susie. Don't praise her too loudly, it will go to her head.Delete
Woo-hoo! Congrats to you both. I enter dahlia shows each year to show my blooms and I know the thrill if victory :)Might I ask you the variety of the muck melon that you harvested? It looks amazing and obviously did well in a short-season climate. Thanks and have a great week!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lexa, and congratulations on your prize-winning dahlias. The melon is "Halona," the seeds for which are widely available. It was bred for short seasons, but we do not get many fruit, and the one pictured was certainly the largest we've ever gotten.Delete