Like your food with a little zip to it?
The Easton Farmers’ Market sure does.
The farmers market, the oldest continuously operating open-air one of its kind in the United States, hosted its 15th annual Zucchini 500 on Saturday.
Held for the first time in Scott Park, rather than the market’s traditional Centre Square venue, the race gives kids ages 3 to 15 and adults (16 and up) the chance to squash the competition by carving and souping up zucchinis into racers.
Scholl Orchards, Cabbage Throw Farms and Salvaterra Gardens donated the fruits (they’re fruits) and the market provided wheels, axles, carving tools and decorations for a $10 entry fee. They had to be built on-site, and the market’s Zucchini 500 pit crew was on hand with some car-building expertise.
“When we had the idea for this event 15 years ago, we had no idea if it would gain traction or if it would be squashed,” Easton Market District Director Megan McBride said in a news release. “But 15 years later, and it’s one of our zaniest and most beloved special events at Easton Farmers’ Market.”
Drivers race their zucchini vehicles by body style down a two-lane track, with competitions split up for kids and grown-ups. The fastest car in each category earns a trophy, a goodie bag that includes gift cards to Bank Street Creamery and the Caramelcorn Shop, plus $25 in Easton Farmers’ Market tokens. Trophies were also awarded to the most creative car design in each category and to the winner of the adult race.
All participants received a 2021 Zucchini 500 racing medallion.
The Zucchini 500 is officiated by NASCAR official Peter Brohl, who has been part of the race for 14 of the 15 years, according to the Greater Easton Development Partnership, parent of the farmers market started in Easton in 1752.
Leftovers from the Zucchini 500 go to the Easton Compost Program, which diverts food waste from landfills and turns it into compost.
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