Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Virginia Grown Recipe Contest


Share your favorite recipe using locally grown, produced and processed Virginia products and you could be a winner. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is challenging all Virginians to eat local. “But don’t stop there. We would like to know how you prepare fresh Virginia fruits, vegetables, poultry and seafood; what you make with Virginia dairy products, eggs and honey; how you use local Virginia-made condiments, relishes, sauces and nuts,” said VDACS Commissioner Todd P. Haymore.

Send VDACS the original recipes you used to prepare your favorite locally grown, processed and produced Virginia products along with a photo of you and/or your completed dish for a chance to win one of two Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest prize packages, one for adults and one for kids up to age 12. VDACS will post eligible recipes and photos on the Virginia Grown Web site at The winners will be chosen by random drawing from all eligible recipe/photo entries received by VDACS through August 15, 2009. No purchase necessary to win. Find the entry form and complete rules and details at

“When the food you buy comes from local farmers, producers and processors, you are getting a superior product and you are also supporting Virginia agriculture, the Commonwealth’s number one industry,” Haymore commented. “Virginia’s working farms keep the state’s economy strong, provide greenspace and help maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by all Virginians. Choose outstanding Virginia Grown products wherever you shop and help support local Virginia farmers.”

For centuries, great cooks have been inspired by the variety and quality of local Virginia fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, dairy products, beverages, condiments, honey, herbs and more. Today, with more than 170 farmers markets, numerous roadside stands, pick-your-own farms and orchards, it’s easy to find the freshest and best from Virginia’s local farmers, producers and processors. Check VDACS’ Virginia Grown Guide online at for a listing by county or city of places to find seasonal selections.

Whether it’s that delicious squash recipe you always take to potlucks, a cherished chicken version that’s been passed down in the family, or a cheese soufflĂ© recipe you have just invented, VDACS would love to include it along with a photo. E-mail your recipes and photos to or mail them to Eat Local Recipe Contest, VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond VA 23218. The drawings will be held no later than Friday, August 28, 2009.

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