Moreland Farmers Market hosts 'Pie Bake-Off'
Hot summer weather didn't stop dessert cooks from heating up their ovens, early in August, to participate in the Sellwood Moreland Farmers Market "6th Annual Pie Bake-off" competition, which was judged on Saturday, August 6th.
All kinds of pies — both sweet and savory — were presented to the the panel of professional bakers and chefs, during the market's new day and time — Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — in its new location, on S.E. Claybourne Street in Westmoreland, between Milwaukie Avenue and 17th.
Judging criteria included:
"This is one of the most fun and delicious events we host each year," exclaimed Market Manager Lannie Kali.
Both the first and second place pie bakers were presented large gift bags full of farmers market items; but all the competing pie bakers would be given a smaller gift bag as a thank you for helping with this fundraiser.
"Then came the most important part," Kali emphasized. "After the judging, we cut all of the pies into generous slices, and sold them to the public for a donation to our market's Power of Produce Program — which teaches children how to garden and cook, and familiarizes them with fresh produce."
Out of 14 entries, the First Place Award went to Ashley Armsby for her "Berried Treasure Pie", made with peaches, raspberries, and blueberries, with a lattice top crust colored with peach and spinach juice.
In disclosure: Although this reporter had no part in influencing the outcome of the competition, the judges insisted I taste the "Berried Treasure Pie" — and it was fabulous!
To learn more about what is now officially called the "Sellwood-Moreland Farmers Market", although it is still in Westmoreland, go online — www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
And to behold the winning pie itself, enjoy this brief BEE video — youtu.be/cwDd8COBeaI
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