Only 6 farmers markets in New Jersey will be contest venues: 2 in south Jersey, 2 in central Jersey, and 2 in north Jersey. One winner will be selected at each of the 6 farmers markets. After a final judging, two grand-prize winners (one from south/central Jersey, one from north/west Jersey) will be awarded a choice of overnight stay with dinner for two in either Atlantic City or Cape May.Â
All participants must be amateur bakers and must use New Jersey peaches. Participants can make either peach pie or peach cobbler; no other dishes will be accepted.
At the Riverview Farmers Market on July 21st, the Perfect Peach Pie Contest judging and tasting will be held at noon. The contest judges will includeÂ Michael Yun, City Councilman for Jersey Cityâ€™s Ward D, andÂ Mory Thomas, Jersey City resident and Director of Culinary Development for the Food Network.
Additional programming at the Market will include peach-themed events and activities for adults and children, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
There will also be a free musical performance by local bandÂ The Benson Ridge ProjectÂ at 1:00. The Market will be open, as usual, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all its local vendors.
Once all 6 venues have completed their local contests, the 6 winning bakers will take their pies toÂ Fox TelevisionÂ Good DayÂ in New York and Philadelphia for final judging by morning show hosts, with prizes awarded on-air. (Three winners will present their pies in New York for final judging; 3 will present in Philadelphia.)
Two grand prizes will be awardedâ€”one for south/central Jersey, the other for north/west Jersey. Each winner will receive an overnight visit for 2 to Atlantic City or Cape May, with dinner included.
To register, interested participants can e-mailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheÂ Riverview Farmers MarketÂ is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Riverview-Fisk Park, located at Palisade Avenue between Bowers and Griffith Streets. It is organized by local non-profit organization Farms in the Heights, with additional sponsorship from the Riverview Neighborhood Association and the City of Jersey City.
TheÂ New Jersey Peach Promotion CouncilÂ is a non-profit voluntary organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers and associated industries dedicated to maintaining a viable peach industry in the Garden State for the purpose of preserving farmers and farmland; and providing the highest quality and best tasting fresh peaches for consumers.Â (www.jerseypeaches.com/)