I did something new this week. I made blueberry pie! Who could resist with all this local fruit at the farmer's market? If you've been taking advantage of all the great offerings from our local farmers you should check out a special contest at the Schuylkill County Fair. Schuylkill County Grown Cooking Contest asks entrants to make a delicious item using at least three ingredients grown in Schuylkill County (eggs count). You can even use ingredients that you grew in your own garden. I have this great recipe for Lavender Honey Scones and lavender in my garden. Now all I need is some local honey and eggs and I'm set. Hmmm. There are two categories. Adults (over age 18) have to bring an entry that is prepared in a slow cooker while youth can make a quick bread -- loaf, muffins or cake. So I guess my pie is out! The deadline to register for this contest is July 29 so get out your recipes.
If you like to cook there are plenty of other cooking contests at the fair for adults and kids but if cooking isn't your think you're sure to find something that appeals to you. Flowers, vegetables, animals, photography, painting, sewing, Christmas ornaments, just about anything you can think of will be there. This is a great way to stave off the "I'm bored" cries from your kids as we near the mid-point of summer. Check out Department 19 in the Premium Book online here.
Even if you aren't entering a contest, the Schuylkill County Fair is July 31 through August 5 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds and is a fun time for the whole family -- entertainments, crazy contests, food, rides, animals and more. It's just $5 to enter and children under 12 are free. What a deal for the whole family! Stop by and see what your neighbors have cooked up.