Yesterday, I visited one of my local greenmarkets in Westfield NJ (the other is in Scotch Plains). Both are on a small scale, maybe 8 stands total but serve their purpose quite well for our small towns.
In the past I bought pies from one of the farmers which were wonderful. I decided to try them from the amish vendor this time. They looked nice enough, and I kind of had this thought that the amish would make a real down home style pie.
They were perhaps the worst pies any of us had ever eaten. They had used canned fruit. This just seems so incredibly wrong as we are in the height of fruit season. I bought a peach and blueberry pie. Really great local peaches and blueberries are plentiful now in our area. This was just so unacceptable on so many levels. Even the pie crust was terrible.
Obviously I can't return them. My sister even asked me to take the unused blueberry home (we didn't bother cutting into it since the peach was so disgusting). I told her to hold onto it and try serving it to her weekly Bonkos game (sp? I don't play the game) and see of her friends care for it. If not, toss it. I certainly didn't want to take it home with me LOL.
Next time, I'll stick with the local farmers. Guess I'll be staying away from the Amish stand from now on, at least as far as the baked goods are concerned.