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Zucchini Festival at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

August 4, 2011

Located at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley) Cooperstown, NY

The A N N U A L Z A N Y Z U C C H I N I F E S T I V A L , Saturday, August 6th 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 very 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. There will be a Huge ZUCCHINI Flower Arrangement , tasty samples of everything ZUCCHINI, and live music by ‘Some Form of Gypsies’ P L U S a fabulous, free, face-painter for the youngsters.

Z U C C H I N I G R O W E R S C O N T E S T , weigh-in from 9:00-1:30. This year $25 market gift certificates for winners of Largest and Smallest Zucchinis in both junior and senior classes. Bring your Zucchini! Do not have to be present to WIN.

NEW this year, a Z U C C H I N I R E C I P E C O N T E S T , 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 an extra $2 to spend at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Offer expires 11/15/11.

At the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market you can look forward to the quality items local customers have come to expect. The selection is wonderful, from seasonal fruits and vegetables to all cuts of local meats and fresh poultry. We also have a bounty of local eggs, cheeses, and yogurt, honey and maple syrup, home-baked sweets and treats, flowers and greenery, as well as handmade crafts, like candles, soaps and much much MORE!

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