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Cooperstown Farmers Market

July 28, 2011

The Annual Zany Zucchini Festival at the Cooperstown Farmers Market coincides with the ‘Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch’ holiday. This holiday was established by Pennsylvanian Tom Roy, as a day to encourage sharing. Tom challenged his neighbors to action, "Due to the overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors’ doorsteps." Thanks to a generous donation of zucchini seeds from the Harris Seed Company which were distributed throughout Otsego County this spring, we may experience more than the usual number of zucchini ourselves this season. The humble but nutritious Zucchini is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. Give your neighbors the gift of good health – leave some zucchini on their porch this week as Tom suggests.

And celebrate the region’s bounty at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Zucchini Festival. Come see the Huge Zucchini Flower arrangement. Sample food items made with zucchini. Live music. Bring your LARGEST and SMALLEST Zucchini for weigh-in 9-1:30, $25 market gift certificates for winners, two classes, junior and senior growers. You don’t have to be present to win. NEW this year, a Zucchini recipe contest, recipes will be judged in these categories, fewest ingredients, best camouflaged zucchini in a dish, and most creative use of this nutritious vegetable.Please send your entries to info

Market now offers EBT services for the SNAP Program [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]. Stretch your EBT benefits – for every $5 of food stamps you get $7 to spend at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Offer expires 11/15/11.

Saturday 8-2, located 101 Main Street, Pioneer Alley Cooperstown, NY. www.otsego2000.org/farmersmarket

Community Calendar For Immediate Use:

August 6, SATURDAY Zucchini Festival at the Cooperstown Farmers Market. Treats to sample, a giant zucchini flower arrangement, zucchini contest for largest/smallest zucchini, weigh-in 9-1:30, all welcome. Shop the LOCAL economy, seasonal produce, pastured meat, poultry, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, maple syrup, honey and hand-crafted items. Saturday 8-2, located 101 Main Street, Pioneer Alley Cooperstown, NY. www.otsego2000.org/farmersmarket

August 2, TUESDAY Farmers Museum interpreter will be at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market showing spinning techniques used 100 years ago as vendor while Mimikis demonstrates current practices. Market now offers EBT services for SNAP Program [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.] Shop the LOCAL economy, produce, meat, poultry, cheese, eggs, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and more. Tuesday 12-5, located 101 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY in Pioneer Alley. www.otsego2000.org/farmersmarket

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