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Moreland Farmers Market has an annual pie-backing contest. After a year off, competition resumed this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - The judges included Melissa Mattern, a retired chef; Lauren Bentley, a cooking instructor and baker; and Blanca Gonzales, of Remarkable Wonders, a Moreland Farmers Market vendor. Here, theyd gathered to view and taste the pies at this years Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off. Although they skipped last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moreland Farmers Market's "Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off" returned this year on Wednesday afternoon, September 1.

"This is our sixth annual Southeast Portland Pie Bake-off," Market Manager Lannie Kali told THE BEE, as the judges gathered. "We started this seven years ago to raise money for our children's activities; and now we're using it to raise money for our 'Double-Up Food Bucks' low-income food support program."

The pies were judged by current and retired professional chefs, home bakers, and market volunteers. The judges were asked to score each of the entries on its presentation, filling, and crust – with additional points allowed for originality.

"We cut the pies into six or eight slices; the judges try one piece, and the remaining slices of the pie are being sold for $5 a slice," explained Kali. "The prize is a giant basket of market products, as well as items from our sponsor, Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood."

DAVID F. ASHTON - This was the winning entry in the Moreland Farmers Market Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off this year: Its called Blackberry a-Go-Go. The winning entry was called "Blackberry a-Go-Go" by its maker, Laurel Wilde.

"We raised $671 for our low-income food program," Kali confided after the competition.

The Moreland Farmers Market is still open on Wednesdays from 2 until 6 p.m. through October, at its current location, a block north of Bybee Boulevard at S.E. 14th in Westmoreland. For more, go online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org


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