Welcome back to Meet your Local Farmers Market Vendors! I know we’ve been a bit sporadic lately, but all of you wonderful local shoppers out there are keeping the market vendors hopping and I certainly can’t ask them to take time away from their customers to talk to me. So I’ve started conducting interviews via e-mail whenever possible. This also allows me to bring you the interview in the vendor’s own words.
This week, we’re talking to Jenny of Pies by Jenny. She sells her beautiful pies at the University District Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.
So, Jenny, tell us a little about Pies by Jenny.
“Pies By Jenny” opened December 8th, 2007 at the U-District farmers’ market. Currently the U-District market is the only location I sell my pies and I hope to expand to other markets in the future.
What’s your favorite part of the market?
My favorite part of selling at the market is being a part of a meaningful community of people I deeply respect and admire. It’s great being Eiko’s neighbor at the market and hearing her laughter, what a joyous person! I enjoy listening to the wisdom of farmer Wade Bennet (Rockridge Orchards). Also, I love and am moved by the loyalty of the “Pies By Jenny” regulars. For example, it’s great to see Teri every Saturday at 8:55 a.m., waiting for her Organic Vegetarian savory pie. Beautiful way to start the market day. It is very fun to meet new customers as well and our “regular” list is growing.
Where do you get your ingredients?
All of my pies feature ingredients from the farmers I am surrounded by at the market.
How do you choose your flavor combinations?
I consult with Chef Tamara Murphy on new pie ideas and her generosity is endless. She provides the Brasa restaurant kitchen space for me to prepare and make the pies, in the mornings, for free and her support has made my dream a reality.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
One dollar from every pie sold is donated to the Good Farmer Fund, a disaster relief fund for local farmers.