Let Them Eat Pie! ❥ Tuesday Market Supporting Food Security.

Mash Notes to Paradise by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Note 29, We Eat Pie for Good Purposes

Kids ages 13yo and younger interested in culinary arts and local food are invited to bake their favorite fruit pie using local ingredients to submit to the Tuesday Market annual Pie Contest happening on Tuesday, September 10th. ❥ Baking a pie is a great way for food-enthusiastic kids to learn and/or practice kitchen skills, including basic math and kitchen chemistry. Utilizing local foods (berries, apples, peaches, milk, butter, or maybe even local flour!) in a pie can also help to connect youth with the network of local food that surrounds them here in Western MA.

FoodStampsX2 is the brilliant brainchild of Ben James and Oona Coy, farmers (Town Farm) and farmers’ market managers (Tuesday Market) in Northampton (not to be confused with their brilliant children, Silas and Wiley). The idea was pretty simple: make sure that people could use their SNAP (food stamps) benefits at the Tuesday Market. Then, the idea got better: have the first ten dollars’ worth of benefits doubled at the market for those receiving SNAP benefits. The FoodStampsX2 represents win-win: local food to people that may struggle to afford it along with a boost of dollars to hardworking farmers growing food locally.

Enter Gina Hyams, my Berkshires friend (and extraordinary connector; it’s her superpower). Her Pie Contest in a Box inspired my son. The scene went like this:

My son Ezekiel, on couch, examining Pie Contest in a Box: “Let’s have a pie contest.”

Unattributed idea that belonged to one of us: “At the Tuesday Market.”

Me: “To raise money for FoodStampsX2.”

Ezekiel: “Typical.”

Tuesday September 10th, 2013 is the third annual Pie Contest at Tuesday Market to help raise money for FoodStampsX2…

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Pie Contest at Hancock Shaker Village

Youth Invited to Participate in Hancock Shaker Village’s Annual Pie Contest
Deliver to Village on Sept 28th.

Hancock Shaker Village’s 15th annual Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29th-30th from 10am-5pm promises fun for the whole family with Shaker-inspired games in the Kids Tent, a farmers’ market with samples of heirloom vegetables to taste, vendors and demonstrations of handmade crafts, wagon and pony rides, antique engines and tractors, a pie contest, and a juried quilt exhibition.

Hancock Shaker Village’s annual Country Fair takes place on September 29th and 30th! The festival celebrates the fall harvest and all of the many food-related activities and traditions that the season brings. Especially exciting is the festival’s annual pie contest, which features an amateur division for young baker-extraordinaires! Entries in the contest must be baked at home from scratch, and delivered to the village between 3-5pm on Friday, September 28th. Bakers may use the crust recipe of their choice, and can choose their own filling or use one of the provided recipes from The Best of Shaker Cooking. By participating in the contest, kids can learn shaker history, practice chemistry and math skills in the kitchen, and begin to develop culinary independence and creativity! For more information on the fair, visit www.hancockshakervillage.org or call 413-443-0188.

Looking for pie baking books to inspire you or the youth baker in your home?  Here are some suggestions you might find at your local library:

[Photo credit: (ccl) Julie Falk]

Tuesday Market in Northampton to Host Pie Contest: Kids Invited!

Youth Invited to Participate in Tuesday Market’s Annual Pie Contest in Northampton
Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2012

Kids ages 13yo and younger interested in culinary arts and local food are invited to bake their favorite fruit pie using local ingredients to submit to the Tuesday Market annual Pie Contest happening next Tuesday, Sept. 11th.

Are your kids precocious in the kitchen? Northampton’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market is holding their annual pie contest, and there’s a special category just for kid-made pies (ages 13yo and younger)! The event benefits the market’s Food Stamps x2 program, which provides community members with SNAP benefits the opportunity to buy delicious and healthy local food straight from local farmers. Entrants may submit fruit pies only, and there are special categories for gluten-free pies and most beautiful pie, too!

Baking a pie is a great way for food-enthusiastic kids to learn and/or practice kitchen skills, including basic math and literacy. Utilizing local foods (berries, apples, peaches, milk, butter, or maybe even local flour!) in a pie can also help to connect children with the network of local food that surrounds them – they can learn about the farms that each different food comes from, and maybe even visit to buy fresh milk or pick apples.

Along with connecting kids to the community, taking part in the contest is a way to help them learn skills for a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. They can learn to appreciate the value of local food, and will begin to acquire the skills necessary to utilize local food to its fullest potential. Visit CISA and Berkshire Grown for farms in Western MA.

Not interested in baking? Just stop by the market to taste some pie!

Entries in the contest should be dropped off at the market (behind Thornes Marketplace in the open space next to the parking garage) between 1 and 2:30pm, and judging will begin at 3, with the kids’ category being judged at 5pm. Steve Herrell of Herrell’s ice cream will be scooping up delicious flavors to accompany pies, too! Yum! For more information, visit www.northamptontuesdaymarket.com.

Looking for inspiration? Check out Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie or Fresh Fruit Pies, Tarts, and Galettes: Every Recipe has a Gluten Free Alternative. And why not take this opportunity to learn about history both through and about pie with Pie: A Global History (The Edible Series).

Get the Kids Baking and Sewing for the Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

Call for Pie Bakers and Quilters to Compete at the
12th Annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

Young bakers can use some of the regions local bounty of peaches, apricots, raspberries, apples or pears to bake a pie while having fun and learning about Shaker history and the culinary arts!

Warm up your rolling pins and get stitchin’! Hancock Shaker Village seeks entrants to the pie contest and juried quilt exhibition at the 12th annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair on September 26th & 27th in Pittsfield, MA.

PIE CONTEST

The pie contest will include both professional and amateur categories (get the kids baking!), with judging held on Saturday afternoon, September 26th. Registration deadline is Sept. 18th. This year’s all-star pie judge team includes:

  • New Yorker writer, Susan Orlean
  • Berkshire Eagle executive editor, Tim Farkas
  • Berkshire Living senior editor, Lesley Ann Beck
  • RuralIntelligence.com co-editor, Marilyn Bethany

JURIED QUILT EXHIBIT

The juried quilt exhibition titled “A Harvest of Quilts” will feature approximately 30 antique and newly-made quilts. The exhibit will be on display in the Round Stone Barn during the Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair on September 26 and 27. Quilt ribbons will be awarded on Sunday, September 27 at 4:30pm. Quilts must not have been previously exhibited at the Village and can be either the entrant’s own handiwork or antique quilts that they have inherited or collected. Examples with fine quilting or interesting stories are particularly desired. Quilts of all sizes – wall hanging to bed size – done by quilters of all ages are welcome.

KIDS TENT

In addition to the pie contest and quilts exhibition, the 12th annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair will feature a kid’s tent filled with

  • Shaker-inspired games
  • farmers’ market with samples of heirloom vegetables to tast
  • vendors and demonstrations of old-time farm-related crafts and trades
  • wagon rides
  • and more!

This event is free with regular admission.  For contest rules and to download registration forms, see the Programs & Events section of hancockshakervillage.org or call 413.443.0188.
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