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Green Market marks World Food Day with Farmers Can Cook

Published: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

They’ve already hosted the Breadfruit Festival, Avocado Festival, Mango Day and Destination Chocolate to showcase and educate the public about local foods and the importance of their use in establishing food sustainability. Now the Green Market Santa Cruz will host Farmers Can Cook on October 14.

The event is a cook out competition to celebrate World Food Day on October 16, Green Market founder and director Vicki Assevero told the T&T Guardian.

She said the 20 to 25 farmers participating are all regulars at the Green Market, and one of the key elements of the competition is that the farmers must use as many local items as possible in their dishes.

Farmers Can Cook starts at 3 pm and will be judged by professional chefs Jamila Gloudon, Gregory Lindsay and Bianca Bianco. The judges will be looking at flavour, taste, texture and the number of local ingredients used. There will be 15 points allocated for the use of local ingredients and the winner takes home a cash prize of $1,000.

Assevero also revealed that Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat expressed his interest in participating in the competition. “I told him if he wants to participate, he has to use only local and he said he thinks he can do that. But I have not got back to him just yet,” she said.

Food and Agriculture Organisation officials will visit the Green Market in the morning to speak about this year’s World Food Day theme which focuses on rural development as a means mitigating internal migration and maintaining food sustainability. Tickets are already on sale for Farmers Can Cook, and Assevero said a third of the 300 tickets have already gone. The $100 tickets give patrons access to four sample sized plates in satisfying portions.

Assevero told the T&T Guardian the event is not specifically a fund-raiser but any money made would go towards the market’s eco-literacy initiative titled Eco Minds, where primary and secondary school children are taught life skills through the practice of organic gardening.

“We teach them how to make soil, the importance of nutrients in soil, seeds and what they are made of and how they begin to sprout,” Assevero said. “They learn how to plant seeds and make organic pesticides and fertilizers, they learn about mulching and how to identify when a plant is sick and then they learn how to harvest,” she explained.

Interested people can go to the event’s Facebook page where they will be given instructions about how to buy tickets.

For more information visit Facebook: Farmers Can Cook or call 221-9116.