Ambitious bakers in the area have learned to watch for the annual baking contest at the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, one of those markers that announces the summer season is truly in swing. This year’s contest will be May 28 at the market, 188 N. Trade St. in Matthews.
Past contests have covered everything from breads to cakes. This year’s theme: Fruit pies. Entries have to include from-scratch crusts and fruit fillings (fresh, not canned). The judge panel is led by Peter Reinhart of Johnson & Wales, and they’ll judge the entries on execution, quality of crust and filling, taste and creativity.
There’s no entry fee or application, you just need to show up by 9 a.m. with your pie and an index card listing the crust and pie ingredients and recipes, your name, address and phone number. Judging starts at 9:15 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and People’s Choice. Find the rules at www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.
This week, if you dodge the rain to do your shopping, you’ll be rewarded with a Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser featuring strawberry shortcake made by Art Institute chef-instructor Terra Ciotta. The fundraiser is part of the market’s 25th anniversary (really?) summer focus on raising money to make improvements in the market.