To celebrate Valley Fig Growers' 50th anniversary, the grower-owned cooperative is sponsoring a contest to find out fig enthusiasts' favorite recipes, products and anecdotes. Contestants can submit entries for the "Fabulous at 50" contest via e-mail, at until Jan. 31, 2010.

Entries will be judged based on relevance to figs, writing quality, creativity, taste and appearance. The grand prize is $250 cash, a fig gift pack, a copy of the Fig Heaven cookbook and a bottle of fig balsamic vinegar. For more information, visit