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Enterprise Farmers Market Kicks Off Peak Season with Exciting Events

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ENTERPRISE, Ala.(WDNews) – June is set to be a bustling month at the Enterprise Farmers Market with two major events. The Peak Season Kickoff and the Farm to Fork Chef Showdown cooking competition will take place this Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to noon. Originally scheduled for May 18, the event was postponed due to inclement weather.

Visitors can expect more than 30 local vendors offering fresh produce, homemade bread, jams, jellies, honey, leather goods, jewelry, arts and crafts, and more.

Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper will deliver opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 2nd annual Chef Showdown at 9 a.m. This year, home cooks will be paired with local celebrity chefs in a thrilling cooking competition.

Chef Louis Cameron of The Olive Fruit will team up with Samuel Kennis, SSG Jordan Harris, a U.S. Army Culinary Specialist, will pair with Lucy Zepeda, Chef CJ Kay of The Barrel Room will join Phil Bowman, Sofia Quinones of The Social on Main Tapas Bar will team up with Caroline Odom, Chef Dawn Sabath of The Rawls Restaurant will pair with Abby Hall, and Chef Zaine Young of Corks & Cattle will partner with Robert Pietras.

The public is invited to watch these chef teams shop the market and create dishes for judging.

“We want you to come out, fill your basket with items from our local vendors, and stay to learn how to whip up a culinary creation with items from the Farmers Market,”‘ Tourism Director Tammy Doerer said. “We heard this was one of our resident’s favorite events last year and we are excited to showcase not only our local farmers and vendors, but also our local chefs.”

On Saturday, June 29, Watermelon Day returs to the Enterprise Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to noon. Events include largest watermelon, watermelon eating. seed spiting and watermelon rolling contests. The 2024 Gulf Coast Watermelon Association Queen, Tori Hobbs, will also be in attendance.

Mayor Cooper will give a welcome at 8:30 a.m., followed by the largest watermelon contest.

The seed spitting contest wll begin around 9 a.m., followed by the watermelon rolling contest. The highlight of the day for many is the watermelon eating contest, which will begin around 11 a.m.

“You have plenty of time to practice your seed spitting, perfect your watermelon rolling technique, and to prepare to eat some mouth-watering watermelon as quick as you can, Doerer said.”

“Watermelon day is a sweet event for all ages, so we want you to bring the family and come out to celebrate the start of summer at the Enterprise Farmers Market.

For more information, contact Kay Kirkland at (334) 406-1394 or Tammy Doerer at (334) 389-1554.
Media Contact: Emily Glasscock Public Information Manager (334) 348-2604 eglasscock @enterpriseal.gov