There's nothing quite like the sweet taste of a ripe Jersey-Fresh peach.

To celebrate the season of this glorious fruit, the Margate Community Farmer's Market is hosting a Peach Party on July 18.

The celebration will include an appearance by the Peach Queen, peach tastings and ratings, recipe handouts - and the main event, the inaugural amateur Peach Pie Bake Off, sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.

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Community members and visitors are invited to put their peach pie or cobbler baking skills to the test for a chance to win gift certificates to Steve and Cookie's Restaurant, owned by farm market organizer Cookie Till.

The first-place winner will advance to the state final for a chance to win the grand prize, a two-night getaway and dinner at a restaurant in either Atlantic City or Cape May, to be chosen by the winner.

Nine Jersey farm markets are participating the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council Peach Pie Bake off.

Pie entry is due at the farm market, located in the parking lot of Steve and Cookie's, 9700 Amherst Ave., Margate, by 9:30 a.m. July 18 and judging begins at 10 a.m. The market is open 8 a.m.-noon every Thursday now through Aug. 29.

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