AND THE WINNER IS….

Glassboro, NJ (Oct 11, 2018) - North Jersey’s ‘Perfect Peach Pie’ grand-prize winner is Sosy Shishmanian, of Allendale, who was the winning finalist at the Ramsey Farmers Market. She competed with three other finalists from other north Jersey farmers markets for the grand prize of $300 cash from the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.

The final judging and dinner were held at Boulevard Five72, with Chef Geoff Mockbeer judging, highlighting Sosy’s pie’s “small- lattice top crust and just-right texture of peaches.” Her recipe follows.

Pies were judged on:
Overall appearance, including crust and color; does it appeal to the eye?
Aroma: Does pie smell good and peachy?
Consistency: When cut, is crust nice and flaky? Is pie runny or more solid so that it looks good on a plate? Amount of fruit in pie: Is there a good amount, too little?
Taste: Is it yummy? Too sweet, not sweet enough? Too tart, not tart enough? Are peaches cooked just enough to retain substance or overcooked, mushy? Is crust nice and flaky, with good flavor or more like cardboard?

"Congratulations to Sosy Shishmanian from the Ramsey Farmers' Market community,” says Nancy Boone, market manager. “The annual North Jersey 'Perfect Peach Pie' contest is one of the highlights of our season in Ramsey. We encourage support of all farmers' markets in our effort to help sustain small local farms and local businesses. Talk about "ties that bind" -- your community farmers' market is a keystone to achieving this goal."

“The peach pie contests are good vehicles for raising awareness of and demand for peaches grown in our state,” says Santo John Maccherone, chair of the NJ Peach Promotion Council. “When you taste a Jersey peach pie, you are struck by its strong peach flavor and sweetness, that you only get when peaches are grown in local orchards.”

For further information, go to www.jerseypeahes.com

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council is a non-profit voluntary organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers and associated industries dedicated to maintaining a viable peach industry in the Garden State, preserving farmers and farmland; and providing the highest quality and best tasting fresh peaches for consumers. New Jersey is the third largest peach producing state in the country, with approximately 80 orchards on 4,700 acres.

Lattice-Crust Peach Pie. Sosy Shishmanian. Ramsey Farmers Market

1 1/2 C flour 1/2 C cake flour

1 3/4 sticks butter 1/8 t salt

7 T ice water

Cut butter into flour & salt, add ice water, pack into a ball, refrigerate 30 min.

5 C peaches 1 T lemon juice

1 C sugar 2 T cornstarch

2 T flour 1/3 t cinnamon

1/4 t nutmeg 1/8 t cloves

1/8 t salt

Roll out chilled crust, save enough for lattice across top of pie. Form crust around pie pan. Bake until slightly brown. Fill the prepared crust, and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.