DRC is looking for the best garden goodies
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:17

Public invited to Saturday Veggie Contest event

 by Ben Boehl

    The Dundalk Farmers Market is held every Saturday on Shipping Place in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center, but this Saturday, July 21, is the first of three Super Saturdays.
    The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and the Back River Restoration Committee are joining forces for the 2nd Annual Grown Veggie contest.
    “It was the brain child of the Back River Restoration Committee. It is a great way to get people who are already gardening and growing vegetables to show off their goods and learn about the benefits of rain barrels,” said Leah Bunck, the DRC’s Community Projects Coordinator.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and members of the public are invited to bring their larger-than-life produce.
    “It is open to anyone, but mostly geared toward residents in the Bear Creek–Old Road Bay watershed and Back River watershed, since the DRC and BRRC have grants to promote rain barrels in those areas,” Bunck said.    
    The DRC said some gardeners have been blessed with a giant tomato or a zucchini that is as large as a human arm, and those vegetables are invited to be weighed in at 9:30 a.m. by CAS Scale Corporation, who will use a high-tech scale with a label printer to determine the winners.
    The three categories will be for the largest tomato, zucchini and ‘anything goes’ vegetables. The three winning veggies will receive a gift card to a local garden or hardware store and a free rain barrel. The DRC will also be selling rain barrels at the event.
    “Even if you do not have veggies to showcase, we encourage you to stop by to learn more about the benefits of a rain barrel. We will be selling rain barrels for the very discounted price of only $55,” added Bunck. “Rain barrels are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to green your home. They can lower your water bill, help decrease pollution in the bay and attach to any hose to easily water your plants.”
    Those residents who didn’t grow a giant vegetable are still invited to visit the local vendors of the market.
    The DRC promotes Super Saturdays with kids activities hosted from the Y Aquatic Center at Dundalk, health information by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, light entertainment and more.     
    There will be vendors that sell items such as  cupcakes, coffee and other sweet treats.
    For more information, go to www.dundalkusa.org, e-mail Leah Bunck at leah@dundalkusa.org or call 410-282-0261.