Our parsnip was out-parsniped by a Very Long Parsnip Indeed. Our other produce was also out-produced by other produce. (Parse(nip) that (produce) sentence!) So no prizes (other than eating the tasty food, and isn't that prize enough).catsgomiaow
has photos of the Longest Parsnip, and lots of other tasty veggies. And of the judging. And probably of Ernie's dogs.
We entered: longest parsnip, best parsnips, best tomatoes, best potatoes, and best other veg times two (a butternut squash and the elephant garlic).
Some notes on the proceedings:
I did notice that our entries looked more organic* than a lot of the others.
Ernie (our next-allotment-neighbour, and president of the horticultural society) won Best Allotment. A glance at the Best Allotment thingum shows that Ernie has won best allotment more times than everyone else put together EVER, I think. I didn't count.
I want to know where allotment produce show judges come from.
Also, the judge said that he was impressed by the quantity and quality of nummy things on show. There were lots more entries than last year.
Me and catsgomiaow
thought that next year we could have our own Produce Day Event, which would be taking the day off and having fun harvesting and cleaning and buffing up the very fresh veg. This year all our entries had to live in the fridge for a few days, because there was no way I'd be home in time to harvest them.
Looking at piles of fresh veggies can make two vegans hungry enough to turn rubbish and eat the biscuits.
Produce shows are FUN, especially when you're on gardening-talk-terms** with most of the people there.
My friend Charlie (we bonded over the tadpoles - he has the allotment by the pond) won Best Garden (I think).
We didn't win anything in the raffle.
We need to remember to go to allotment meetings, because it's fun to talk veggies.
When we came home we roasted most of the non-prize-winning squash (stuffed with tomatoes and garlic and herbs - NUM) and also roasted potatoes. Kemp's Law has been disproved because I have roast potatoes (and also squash) left over for tomorrow's lunch. (This is really because two of the three diners were feeling poorly. Or possibly because I did roasted herb potatoes instead of garlic rosemary roasties.)Edit:
Actual Allotment News - we appear to be asparagus-beetle-free. Hurrah for squishing them and all their offspring. With tweezers!
* More interesting! We entered the only three-legged parsnip.
** An example of this (from a few weeks back):'Evil bindweed is taking over my allotment.'
'Ah, you need a spray for that. Spray it on the leaves.'
'We're trying to be organic.'