Did you catch Mark Bittman’s forceful blog post in response to John Kerry’s ringing endorsement of GMOs and Monsanto’s winning the World Food Prize (which, btw, it sponsors)? Here’s the closing paragraph:
“In this day hunger comes not because there is not enough food; it comes because some are unable to either buy it or produce it. Hunger represents inequality: there are no hungry people with money. Alleviating hunger, in part, is recognizing that the right to eat is equivalent to the right to breathe, which trumps the right to make profits. The real heroes in the world of food are those who recognize this, and who work to improve the kind of low-input agriculture upon which the majority of the world’s people — and the vast majority of farmers — rely. There are hundreds of people deserving of “prizes” for this kind of work. The bigwigs at Monsanto are not among them.”
Here’s the NY Times link to this must-read piece.
Your Peach Pie (or Cobbler) Can Win You an Overnight to Cape May or Atlantic City
This is expected to be a banner year for Jersey peaches, and the NJ Peach Promotion Council is sponsoring its first baking contest, with the above as grand prize for 2 talented amateur bakers, one from (basically) North Jersey and one from (basically) South. Here’s how it works:
– 9 farmers markets throughout the state are participating. To enter, you contact the market of your choice (see email addresses & info below).
– On the designated day in July or August (also see below) take your pie or cobbler to the market, where professional chefs will judge the entries. Some markets, like Margate’s, are offering additional prizes – in this case, the top 3 winners will receive gift certificates to Steve & Cookies by the Bay – not bad!
– 1 finalist from each market will go on to compete in the finals, with 2 grand prize winners crowned (specifics on this part are lacking, so ask).
Unfortunately, not all the websites listed below (including the Peach Council’s) have contest info posted yet, so my advice is to email the contacts directly. Provide your name, city or town, phone # or email, & what you will be baking. Good luck!
|STATE AREA||FARM MARKET/CONTACT|
|South Jersey||July 18–Margateinfo@steveandcookies.com www.steveandcookies.com|
|North Jersey||July 21–Riverview Farmers Market, Jersey City Heights
Mory Thomas, director of Culinary Development at the Food Network, judge firstname.lastname@example.org
|South Jersey||July 28–Gloucester 4-H Fair,Mullica Hill Chef Jim Malaby, blueplate restaurant, judge email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org http://gloucester.njaes.rutgers.edu/fairfest|
|South Jersey:||August 3-CollingswoodChef Mark Smith,Tortilla Press, judge
|Central Jersey||Aug 4 –Terhune Orchard, Princetoninfo@terhuneorchards.com http://www.terhuneorchards.com|
|Central Jersey||Aug 7–Woodbridge email@example.com http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us|
|Central Jersey||Aug 11–Hunterdon Land Trust, Flemington Chef/owner Leslie McEachem, Angelica Kitchen, NYC, judge
|North Jersey|| Aug 11–RamseyPastry Chef Michael Volpe, chef/owner L’Arte della Pasticceria, Ramsey’s new authentic Italian café and bakery, judge
|South Jersey||Aug 14–Westmont firstname.lastname@example.org www.westmontfarmersmarket.com|