Gardeners, it's Tomato Taste-Off time again!  Bring your tomatoes to the Saugerties Farmer Market on Saturday, by 11 am, to enter the annual competition in three categories:  Tastiest, Heaviest and Most Unusual tomatoes. Prizes will be awarded to the winners from Dig, Partition Street Wine Shop, and Cafe Tamayo. Judges will be Jimmy Tamayo, Lynne Gilson, and Mayor Bill Murphy.

Gather at 11 am to watch Jeff Schlosser of The Dam Cafe and Deli create some of his favorite tomato-based dishes: fried green tomatoes with cilantro cream sauce and tomato orzo salad. Free tastes and recipes will be available, as well as a wide variety of both heirloom and hybrid tomatoes from Davenport, Mangia Bene, Maynard and Slow Roots farms.

Seats are going fast for Harvest Home Dinners, the market's annual fundraising event. Make your reservations now for the remaining available dates: August 27, September 3 (vegetarian), September 4 and 19. You'll enjoy a sumptuous meal of local farm food prepared by outstanding chefs and home cooks in private houses throughout Saugerties. Book for one or a group of friends and have a wonderful evening out while supporting the Saugerties Farmers Market and local agriculture.

The market is full of seasonal produce: broccoli, red and green cabbage, cauliflower, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant in many colors, corn on cob, onions, shallots, potatoes, fresh herbs, salad greens and more. Hudson Valley stone fruits are flourishing: white nectarines, donut peaches, white lady peaches, several varieties of purple plums; plus early apple varieties of ginger gold and zestar.

Local artist Beth Humphrey will be teaching at the Art Lab tent this Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm.   Parents and children join in hands-on learning techniques and creative expression at the weekly session.

Saugerties Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm through October 8 at 115 Main St. FMNP and EBT/Food stamps gladly accepted. See for further information.