november 2, 2017

HeaderThrowing down the Chili gauntlet

“Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing,” President Lyndon Johnson is quoted as saying.
We bet there are CFM shoppers and cooks who beg to differ. Please come out this Saturday – with your warm pot of chili in hand – to prove Johnson wrong.
This is our first chili contest at the Farmer’s Market and we couldn’t be more excited. The Chili Cook-Off will be judged by members of the Chappaqua and Millwood Fire Departments  (bowl of red “experts”).

Please list all ingredients on paper with your name & phone number. Contestants must bring their WARM chili to the market before 10:30am. We prefer if the chili is in a crock pot so that we can keep it warm. 

Judging will begin at 11am!

• We will provide bowls and spoons for tasting.
• We will be selling bowls of contestants’ chili for $2 to shoppers after the judging.
• We’ll provide the toppings!
• Judging will be based on appearance, aroma, taste.
Please put your name on a piece of tape and attach to the bottom of your crock pot.
Bonus points for any chili that contains ingredients from the market.
There will be 3 winners.
• 1st Place winner will get $30 in market bucks and some serious bragging rights.
2nd Place winner will get $20 in market bucks.
• 3rd Place winner will get $10 in market bucks.
• The winners will also receive other goodies from the market.

For the record, Johnson was particularly fond of Pedernales River chili named for the location of his Texas ranch. The recipe became SO popular while he was in the White House that Lady Bird Johnson had the recipe printed up on index cards to mail out to the thousands of Americans requesting it. The recipe called for beef but in later years, Johnson veered toward venison.

Turkey Talk
Letterbox Farms is not selling turkeys this year but is urging CFM shoppers to reach out to their friends and neighbors at Dogwood Farm who are now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. If you’re in the market for a big, beautiful bird this holiday season we suggest you give them a holler! says Nichki from Letterbox. Their turkeys are organically fed and pasture raised in Chatham, NY. Visit their website or email them directly at for more info.