The old adage “third time’s a charm” held true for Amy Geiger Saturday as her signature “Lemon Berry Dream” pie took home the first place “Grand Rolling Pin” award in the Market on the Square’s annual pie making contest, presented by Marshall Main Street.
“I entered the first one ever (in 2017), and got second place,” Geiger said. “And I entered last year and didn’t win and I was like, ok, I’ll try one more time.
“It’s awesome,” she said of her success Saturday. “I’m glad everybody’s enjoying my pie.”
The victory was literally a dream come true for Geiger as the delectable dessert was birthed from her dream.
“I dreamed about the flavors,” said Geiger, noting she’s only made the pie twice.
Geiger’s Lemon Berry Dream boasts a buttery golden Oreo crust filled with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cream cheese whipped topping, lemon zest and blackberries.
“The drizzle is blackberry jam that’s been melted and drizzled in,” Geiger shared.
Second place winner, Jill Davis, took judges on a sweet journey with her homemade pie titled, “A Trip to Key West.”
Third place winner, 9-year-old Avery Stickle, placed with her homemade “Cherry-O Cream Cheese” pie. Avery followed in the footsteps of her big sister Melody Stickle, whose lemon ice box pie won second place in last year’s best homemade pie contest.
“Good,” is how Avery said she felt Saturday, especially since it was her first time participating.
Marshall Main Street Manager Rachel Skowronek thanked all contestants for participating.
“We had six pies. We had a really good variety of pies,” said Skowronek. “They were all delicious.”
All impressed the judges.
“Every single one that they had, the judges said, ‘Oh, this one’s going to be the winner,’ each time,” Skowronek chuckled.
The Main Street manager thanked the three judges for their service.
“It’s never hard to find judges. We are really grateful for ours,” she said.
Judges were local volunteer Ruby Pye; Main Street board member and Central Perks owner Deb Sorich; and 2018 pie winner Zelina Wright.
“We’ve got a downtown business owner and a rock star volunteer around town, and last year’s winner. It’s kind of our fun way to say: ‘Thank you for the work that you guys do for us. Come eat some pie,’” said Skowronek.
The pie contest was held in conjunction with Market on the Square, Harrison County’s Farmers Market on the downtown square.
“We now have 32 vendors of all kinds,” said treasurer Sheri Yates, noting how the market has evolved, opening it up to anyone who grows produce as well as create other goods.
“Like I do leather goods. ... She does wind chimes,” Yates said of herself and another vendor. “We were just fruits and vegetables and we decided to branch out because there’s so many of us that do many things.”
In addition to homegrown fruits and vegetables, the market offers jewelry, baked goods, homemade breads, bath bombs, crafts, jams, jellies, honey, snow cones, aprons, tote bags, blue bird houses and more.
Yates said the Farmer’s Market has been around for years and are happy to now be located on the downtown square near Telegraph Park, making them more accessible to patrons.
“Farmers market has moved around Marshall for years. It’s over 50 years old,” she said. “It’s still one of the best kept secrets.”
Market on the Square is open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The next contest will be a best homemade cookies contest on Saturday, July 13. The children’s craft project will be titled “All About Bees!”