Peak season kicks off Saturday with two Farmers Market events in June

May 28,2024

The month of June will feature not one, but two signature events at the Enterprise Farmers Market.

The Enterprise Farmers Market Peak Season Kickoff and Farm to Fork Chef Showdown cooking competition will be held this Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to noon.  The event was rescheduled from May 18 due to inclement weather.

Visitors to the market will enjoy more than 30 local vendors with booths full of local produce, homemade bread, jams, jellies, honey, leather goods, jewelry, arts and crafts and more.

Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper will give opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 2nd annual Chef Showdown at 9 a.m. Home cooks were chosen to be paired up with local “celebrity chefs.”

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

Everyone is encouraged to come out to watch these chef teams shop the market and prepare a dish 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 returns to the Enterprise Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to noon. Events include largest watermelon, watermelon eating, seed spitting 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 will 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.

*A previous version of this article included Robert Pietras as a home chef. He, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the competition.