PROUD of your pumpkins? Pleased with your parsnips?

Then why not take part in the Green Valley Grocer Harvest Challenge?

The Green Valley Grocer in Slaithwaite has organised the competition to encourage people to get growing their own fruit and vegetables.

The competition will be judged by Examiner food writer and chef Stephen Jackson who will use the best crop to create a signature dish.

Helen Coxan, local food co-ordinator at the Carr Lane grocers, said: All you need to do is grow a variety of fruit and veg anything you fancy and harvest it in time for the Colne Valley Food Festival in September.

The winning produce will be cooked into a signature Colne Valley dish before your very eyes.

The Green Valley Grocer is a co-operative owned by customers and supporters.

The grocers are working with other local organisations The Handmade Bakery, Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Towns and Colne Valley-based growing group Edibles to put on the food festival.

This year is the second Colne Valley Food Festival which runs over the weekend of September 17 and 18.

Events include an information and local food fair, which will include a produce swap, competitions and live music, food and info about growing and bakery demos.

To enter the Harvest Challenge register now at

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