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Portland Oregon City Garden Fair at the PDX Farmers Market

  • Subject: [cg] Portland Oregon City Garden Fair at the PDX Farmers Market
  • From: "Pohl-Kosbau, Leslie" PKLESLIE@ci.portland.or.us
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:56:22 -0700

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">Tomato Fiesta
Features Salsa Competition and City Garden Fair
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">For Immediate Release:<SPAN
style="mso-tab-count: 9">
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 11">
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
</SPAN></SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN
style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: Garamond; mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal">PORTLAND</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;
FONT-FAMILY: Garamond; mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> FARMERS MARKET TOMATO
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond; mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;
mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Tomato Tasting, Salsa Making Contest, City
Garden Fair Competition and Petting Zoo Make it a Blue Ribbon
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY:
Garamond">PORTLAND</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">,
<st1:State w:st="on">Ore<SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT:
normal">.</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal"> - August 21 -
More than 50 varieties of tomatoes - ripe, juicy and fresh-from-the-vine -
will be sampled at Portland Farmers Market Tomato Fiesta, Saturday, Sept. 2,
from <st1:time w:st="on" Hour="8" Minute="30">8:30 a.m.</st1:time> to
<st1:time w:st="on" Hour="14" Minute="0">2 p.m.</st1:time> on the South Park
Blocks at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName
w:st="on">Portland</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType
w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceType
w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun:
yes">  </SPAN>The annual event takes tomato lovers beyond the BLT and into
the realm of salsas, soups and salads. A tasting buffet will help shoppers
discover the difference between a pear and a plum tomato, and gain exposure
to numerous hybrid and heirloom varieties.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Truly a family event, participants of
all ages can meet farm animals at a petting zoo sponsored by 4-H of Columbia
County, participate in the City Garden Fair, enter a salsa making
competition, listen to live Latin music and watch a tomato-inspired chef
demonstration by Cathy Whims of Nostrana Restaurant. In addition to bushels
of tomatoes, the market's more than 100 vendors will sell locally raised
meats, fresh seafood, artisan breads, cheeses, chocolates, desserts, produce
and fresh flowers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Enter the Salsa Making
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Salseros (salsa
masters) of all ages can enter their prized salsa recipes in the market's
competition. Entries can be fresh or home-canned in accordance to canning
practices recognized by USDA, OSU Extension Service or Ball/Kerr and will be
judged in three categories: tomato salsas, tomatillo salsas and fruit
salsas.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>All entries must clearly
marked with the name of the product. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
</SPAN>Contest participants can drop-off their salsa on Sept. 2 between 8:30
a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the market's Salsa Competition Booth.<SPAN
style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>There is no entry fee and participants
can enter in more than one category; however, only one submission per
category.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>Winners will be announced
at noon and need not be present to win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
</SPAN>The top two winners will be honored with prizes and the salsa taking
first place will be shared with shoppers from the market's "Taste the Place"
booth the following week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond; mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;
mso-bidi-font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Enter the
<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType>
<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Garden</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> Fair
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Backyard growers and community garden
farmers of all ages can enter their best fruit, vegetable, flower, plant
oddity or exotic to win a ribbon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
</SPAN>Participants can enter multiple categories and youths have their own
division.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>Entries will be accepted
between 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Items will be displayed until 1:45 p.m.<SPAN
style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>For complete categories and divisions,
contact <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName
w:st="on">Community</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType
w:st="on">Gardens</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> at 503.823.1612 or e-mail
pkleslie@ci.portland.or.us. <o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Portland Farmers Market 2006 season is
made possible by the support of generous sponsorships from The Oregonian,
West Coast Bank and Organic Valley Family of Farms.<o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">About <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City
w:st="on">Portland</st1:City></st1:place> Farmers Market:<o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Four urban green markets make up the
city's beloved Portland Farmers Market. These markets run from April through
December and serve more than 20,000 shoppers weekly. With more than 250
vendors from Oregon and Washington - including farms, bakeries, nurseries,
meat and seafood providers, cheese makers and specialty food producers - the
Portland Farmers Market is a true showplace of Northwest agriculture. The
Portland Farmer's Market is a registered 501 (c) 6 non-profit
organization.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>For more information
visit www.portlandfarmersmarket.org <http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/>
or call 503-241-0032.<o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"># # #<o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Media contact: <o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">Nancy Mattson<o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Garamond">503 241-0032 or
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN>

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