LB County Fair Draws Thousands, Local Growers Awarded

Our third annual Long Beach County Fair was a success!
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Yes, we know Long Beach isn’t a county (tongue-in-cheek) – still, we can’t help ourselves but to celebrate our local food movement. We hosted dozens of food-focused organizations and local food crafters, and Long Beach residents surely got a taste of the city!

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Of special note was our the first-ever “LB Grown Blue Ribbon Fruit and Veggie Competition.” Check out the recap below!

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Special thanks to our judges for the Blue Ribbon contest – they labored over choosing the best locally grown produce in a contest with quite a few stellar entries!

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Farm Lot 59 founder Sasha Kanno,
Council member Al Austin II,
MarketLovr founder Kyle Johnson
Chaski’s Peruvian Seasonings owner and chef Agustin Romo,
Restauration owner Dana Robertson,
Long Beach Organic garden director Joe Corso

And here are the winners!

Root Vegetables

#3 – Ramona Ramirez, “baby” carrots grown in a backyard garden
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#2 – Ofelia Rivera, home-grown specialty beets
#1 –  Demitrius Ziegler and Kelli Johnson of Long Beach Farms, beets grown at a local farm micro-site
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Greens and Herbs

#3 – Demitrius Ziegler and Kelli Johnson, swiss chard grown at a local farm micro-site
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#3 (tie) – Ryan Serrano of Earth Steward Ecology, mixed greens and herbs
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#2 – Captain Charles Moore, celery grown in a home farm
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#1 – Ofelia Rivera, garden grown mixed greens, lettuce, and herbs (on left)
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Artichokes

#2 – Manuel Cisneros, Growing Experience Urban Farm
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#1 – Ryan Serrano of Earth Steward Ecology
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Fruit

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#3 – Ofelia Rivera, garden grown strawberries
#2 – Captain Charles Moore, chocolate persimmons
#1 –  Manuel Cisnero, Growing Experience Urban Farm, grapefruit

 

Cabbage / Cauliflower / Broccoli

#2 – Ofelia Rivera, garden grown purple cauliflower
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#1 – Captain Charles Moore, home farm grown purple cabbage
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Best in show

Captain Charles Moore’s purple cabbage
(pictured with our judges, LB Fresh co-director Tony Damico, and Ofelia Rivera, who won the most awards in the show)
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Most of all, we were excited to talk to so many visitors who garden in front and back yards, parkways, community gardens, schools and urban farms – we can’t wait to see all the new entrants next year on the first Friday in April!

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