The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market at University Place held its annual pie competition this year, which boasted a cornucopia of pastries ranging from sweet to savory.
The competition, which happens every year in anticipation of Thanksgiving, had competitors bring their pies for visitors of the market to come and sample the goods and cast their vote.
Categories included best sweet, best savory, best use of market ingredients and most creative. Winners of the competition would receive a market bundle, which included a t-shirt, a tote bag and a gift card.
Braedyn Mallard, one of the market managers, said apart from the opportunity to taste delicious pies for free, the best part of the competition is the chance to try something new.
“People always do things that maybe you’ve never thought of,” he said. “People expect sweet pies. But I think the most surprising thing is people sometimes come and they taste savory pies and they realize ‘Oh I could — for a holiday party or for a meal — make a savory pie with all these fresh market ingredients and it’s amazing.’”
The market, which provides fresh, local produce from various farmers and artisans within a 60-mile radius of Chapel Hill, encourages competitors to use fresh ingredients, especially those from the market.
Claudia Sanders, a frequenter of the market and past winner of the competition, brought a shepherd’s pie this year and discussed the wide variety of fresh food that the market provides.
“We’ve got everything from milk, cheese, eggs, bread and everything else under the sun — and coffee,” she said.