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Growing the biggest and the best

Dez Loreen
Northern News Services
Thursday, August 30, 2007

The biggest, brightest and tastiest of the Inuvik Greenhouse was on display this past weekend.

The annual fall fair gathered the best crafts and creations of local artisans for the showcase on Saturday afternoon.

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Michelle Schlag took first place for her zucchini in the largest veggie category at the Greenhouse's annual fall fair this past weekend. The fair showcased the best in crafts and cooking for this season. - Dez Loreen/NNSL photo

The fall fair competition had many categories including photography, painting, sewing, quilting and baking.

Judging for the event took place on Friday evening for the ribbon presentations the next day.

Michelle Schlag won the first place ribbon for her zucchini.

It was entered in the "largest veggie" category.

"I tried to grow zucchinis last year, but they didn't grow. This year I grew the largest," she said.

This was Schlag's second year with a plot in the greenhouse.

"I'm here every couple of days to water my plants," said Schlag.

"I've got tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, some peppers, lots of stuff," she said.

"It's just something to do to keep busy."

Schlag said the zucchini surprised her.

"I was gone for a few days and when I came back, it was there," she said.

"I figured I would just leave it and let it grow for the contest. It was pulled last week."

Schlag's said she was happy her zucchini won the contest.

"It feels good," she said with a smile. "I'll grow something for next year, I had fun with this."

Peggy Jay won first prize for her entry in the "pickled" division.

Her first place entry was spicy pickled beets.

"I grow my own beets, they were grown in the greenhouse," said Jay.

"I find that the taste of home grown is better than store bought."

Jay said that she originally started making the beets for Christmas gifts.

"I started giving them out as presents and now it's become a traditional gift I give," she said.

Jay said gardening at the greenhouse since 2001.

"I've always had my plot," she said.

She also entered her wild blueberry jam in the contest.

"I've been making jams for about five years," she said.

"I don't use sugar, I use honey with my recipe."

The rest of her ingredients are classified.

"I don't want my secret recipe getting out," she said with a smile.