New Homegrown Recipe Contest Offers Gardeners a Chance at an "Edible Shopping Spree"

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Holland Bulb Farms recently announced their first annual Homegrown Recipe Contest which gives participants a chance to win free money towards their fruit and/or vegetable garden.

This contest is being run by Holland Bulb Farms in conjunction with the Bulb Blog.

People of all ages are becoming more and more interested in healthy eating...they are wanting to know where their food comes from, so a great way to achieve both things is to eat and grow your own vegetables!"

Holland Bulb Farms, a leading online flower bulb retailer, has teamed up with the Bulb Blog to announce their first ever Homegrown Recipe Contest. This contest promises to give a “jumpstart” to six contestants’ edible gardens this year by awarding winners with gift cards toward the Holland Bulb Farms website. This contest, which began on Friday, January 28th and runs until Monday, February 28th, encourages gardeners and cooks alike to submit their favorite recipes. The only requirement is that each recipe must include at least one ingredient which can be grown from a product found on the Holland Bulb Farms website. The contest is broken up into two categories: Fruits and Vegetables. Participants are allowed to submit up to five entries per category but are limited to only one award. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in each category, receiving a $100, $50, and $25 gift card to Holland Bulb Farms (respectively). These winners will be announced on Friday, March 4th, 2011.

In a society of increased health-consciousness and financial uncertainty, home gardening is on the rise. Therefore, the founders of the contest felt it was a good way to reward these hard-working gardeners and also share their carefully developed recipes. Jennifer Brandt, one of the main developers of this contest says, “People of all ages are becoming more and more interested in healthy eating and therefore, they are eating more fruits and vegetables. Along with that, they are wanting to know where their food comes from, so a great way to achieve both things is to eat and grow your own vegetables! The idea behind the Homegrown Recipe contest was to bring that idea to life and present a fun way to get people interested in growing edible products...as a child of a serious vegetable gardener and home cook I know people take pride in their gardens, as well as their recipes – what a great and fun combination!”

Recipes can be submitted through the Bulb Blog, an online source for gardeners. This blog covers subjects relating to many types of gardening and also encourages comments and questions from its readers. A complete list of rules and guidelines can also be found there.

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