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Expertise required for pie contest  


NEW GLASGOW – Perhaps Charlotte Potter’s personal preference of cooking her apples before she makes a pie was the key to her win.

“I cook the apples ahead of time; it’s a personal preference,” she says. “It gets the crust and apples to stick together, and it’s not so watery.”

Or maybe it was the care she takes to make her crust from scratch.

“Home-made crust, all the time,” says the Trenton resident, who captured the title in a pie-making contest (apple category) held at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Saturday.

Potter’s was one of four entries in that category, and there were two in the pumpkin pie category, which was won by Giselle, who didn’t go by her last name – “like Cher,” said town crier Jim Stewart, who was one of the judges along with outgoing mayor Barrie MacMillan, and mayor-elect Nancy Dicks.

The entries were marked based on taste, presentation, pastry, pie-filling and overall.

“I’m like a Russian judge, I mark low,” Stewart would later say.

“It was pretty close in all honesty,” added Stewart, who said that a pie entry from the 2015 contest – one with a crust made of bacon (so wrong, but yet so right) – was particularly memorable for him.  

MacMillan noted that “it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it,” as he cut his fork through a piece of apple pie.

“It’s one of the pleasant responsibilities of being a mayor.”

MacMillan later said that none of the pies he tried were as tasty as those made by his wife Carolyn, who was standing just a few feet away when he said it.

“It was a tremendous experience,” he said of judging the contest. “It required a lot of expertise in pies and I put my years of experience with pies into it, into choosing the ones I believed to be the winners.”

“I cook the apples ahead of time; it’s a personal preference,” she says. “It gets the crust and apples to stick together, and it’s not so watery.”

Or maybe it was the care she takes to make her crust from scratch.

“Home-made crust, all the time,” says the Trenton resident, who captured the title in a pie-making contest (apple category) held at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Saturday.

Potter’s was one of four entries in that category, and there were two in the pumpkin pie category, which was won by Giselle, who didn’t go by her last name – “like Cher,” said town crier Jim Stewart, who was one of the judges along with outgoing mayor Barrie MacMillan, and mayor-elect Nancy Dicks.

The entries were marked based on taste, presentation, pastry, pie-filling and overall.

“I’m like a Russian judge, I mark low,” Stewart would later say.

“It was pretty close in all honesty,” added Stewart, who said that a pie entry from the 2015 contest – one with a crust made of bacon (so wrong, but yet so right) – was particularly memorable for him.  

MacMillan noted that “it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it,” as he cut his fork through a piece of apple pie.

“It’s one of the pleasant responsibilities of being a mayor.”

MacMillan later said that none of the pies he tried were as tasty as those made by his wife Carolyn, who was standing just a few feet away when he said it.

“It was a tremendous experience,” he said of judging the contest. “It required a lot of expertise in pies and I put my years of experience with pies into it, into choosing the ones I believed to be the winners.”

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