The Bridgeport Farmer's Market was even tastier than usual this Sunday, as the Fourth Annual Country Roads Cook-off took place in Charles Pointe.
"There were like five booths. I've tried every one of them at least twice," said Francis Iaquinta of Bridgeport.
Chefs at this year's Country Roads Cook-off had one hour to prepare their dishes for a three-judge panel. Their recipes were to be based on tradition and include at least one local product from the Market.
"I'm always a regular here at the Farmer's Market. I love to buy fresh ingredients, peaches, tomatoes," said Cathy Cavallo of Bridgeport.
"It gives folks another idea of what they can do with produce that they buy at the market," said competitor Buck Edwards, who prepared grilled sweet-and-spicy corn on the cob with red pepper jelly.
"My particular recipe, that is so different than putting butter and salt on it. It gives you the opportunity to maybe buy some red pepper jelly from a vendor, corn from another vendor," said Edwards
"I made an apple pecan coleslaw. It's kind of a three-season recipe that combines some maple syrup from the spring, with the summer flavors of the cabbage and the carrots, and adds in the crunch of the upcoming harvest with the West Virginia apples and pecans," said competitor Sherry McDaniels.
McDaniels competed in the Country Roads Cook-off in Buckhannon earlier this summer.
"I won the People's Choice then with my meatless lentil chili, and it was just a fun experience, talking to everyone who cam through. With the Second Country Roads Cook-off being so close to home, I decided it would be fun to come out and give it another try," said McDaniels.
That effort certainly paid off, as McDaniels was crowned the cook-off champion on Sunday. The People's Choice Award went to the team of Rick Johnson and Jerry Pomeroy.
"I think we put a pretty good product out there today, all from locally out here in the farmer's market, all of our ingredients came from there," said Johnson.
As the grand prize winner, McDaniels has won tickets to attend the cast iron cook off in Charleston in January.