Cultural Arts & Local Foods Exhibition

What’s a Cultural Arts & Local Foods Exhibition?  Well it’s just one more exciting portion of our Fall Harvest Celebration!  Farm City Week is an annual event here in Union County where we celebrate the Agricultural Heritage of Union County!  The Union County Farmers Market kicks off the week each year with our Fall Harvest Celebration.  This year it’s scheduled on Saturday, September 19th!!  We’ve always celebrated our local small food producers here at the Market and this event has been growing larger each and every year!  We’re bringing back the old time county fair exhibits including Agricultural/Horticultural, Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences, and Cultural Arts.  There are many areas to enter within each category.  Be sure to read the link below for more information on each category, the items you can enter and judging criteria!  This is a time to celebrate YOU and YOUR talents here in Union County!  So be sure to spread the word and get your entries in!  Parents there are varying age groups so be sure to enter your kid’s talents as well!


Best of the Backyard BBQ Contest!!

It’s amazing to think we’re about to kick off accepting entries and hosting our 2ND ANNUAL BEST OF THE BACKYARD BBQ CONTEST!  This new addition to last year’s Fall Harvest Celebration became a quick success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of those in attendance!  Get yourself a team together, church groups, civic organizations, coworkers, families, friends..and print out the packet below to enter!  It’s a flat $50 entry fee for your team regardless of the number of categories you enter.  Categories once again include chicken, pork butt and pork ribs!  Grand Prize is  a $250 Visa Gift Card and of course the trophy that holds all the bragging rights of being the absolute BEST of the Backyard BBQ!  Each category will also be judged and the best chicken, pork butt and pork ribs will be awarded $50 Visa Gift Cards and a trophy declaring them the best in their individual category.   So get your teams together and enter ASAP!  Entries will be accepted up until September 18th as long as space permits!  It’s time to show off your stuff, and share your own amazing BBQ!

Official Rules Best of the Backyard BBQ

Fall Harvest Celebration!!

The Union County Farmers Market will be holding it’s Annual Fall Harvest Celebration on Saturday, September 19th 2015 from 8am until 2pm!  The day’s festivities will be full of exciting events including our 2nd Annual Best of the Backyard BBQ Contest, our 1st annual Cultural Arts and Local Foods Exhibition, along with all the well known activities you’ve come to enjoy over the years.  We’ll have Tractor rides for the kids, antique tractors on display, live music, community fundraisers for various organizations within Union County, community exhibits including Monroe Fire Department Smoke House, WIC, Food & Nutrition, face painting for the kids provided by Forest Hills High School STUCO, Forestry Services, Soil & Water, Master Gardeners, Parks and Recreation, demonstrations of a grist mill and apple press, and the Union County Public Library!  Of course all our vendors will be here with fresh local produce, meats, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, local honey, nursery items, and lots of beautiful locally crafted artisan items.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful family event!  Again we are here from 8am until 2pm, with BBQ judging in the afternoon beginning at 12 noon.  Free samples are offered after judging of each category has commenced.  Get together your friends, family, coworkers, church members and enter a team!  Entry fee is a flat $50 per team regardless of how many categories you enter.  Prizes will be awarded in the form of Visa Gift Cards.  Please see our Best of the Backyard BBQ page for more information and details on how to enter!  The Cultural Arts and Local Foods Exhibition will be bringing back a part of our past.  Join us in celebrating all the old time county fair exhibits including agricultural/horticultural entries, home economics/family consumer sciences (canned goods, baked goods, canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, relishes, salsas, baked goods!!), cultural arts including needlework, clothing, handicrafts, photography, arts, creative writing and a special cultural arts In Remembrance category.  Look for our entry form also posted on our blog page!!