Slice of life! Bake-off at Bay Ridge Greenmarket • Brooklyn Paper

Slice of life! Bake-off at Bay Ridge Greenmarket

Goodie bag: Rebekah Delaney and David Askew, parents of Pie Bake-off contest winner Jade Delaney, show off their son’s prizes with Greenmarket manager Ally Campbell in Bay Ridge on Nov. 23.
Photo by Lori Birnbaum

This ain’t pie in the sky — it’s in the parking lot at Walgreens!

The Bay Ridge Greenmarket celebrated its last day of 2013 outside the 93rd Street and Fifth Avenue pharmacy with an apple pie bake-off — with local fruit, a local judge, and one local teen taking home the top prize.

Bay Ridge confectioner Allison Robicelli sampled five uniquely filled pies in the competition, and picked out the Granny Smith-and-pumpkin concoction of 18-year-old Ridgite Jade Delaney. Robicelli said she selected Delaney’s creation because of its well-constructed crust and textured interior — though she said she was impressed with all the entries.

“All the pies tasted amazing, but as far as actual technique goes, that pie was made with the most know-how,” Robicelli said.

The other pie flavors in the contest were apple-apricot, brandy-apple, organic local grain apple, and classic apple — all made with fruit from Toigo Orchard in Pennsylvania, regarded as local because it sits within 250 miles of New York City.

Delaney — a Parsons student and son of Poly Prep teachers — took home a copy of the beloved baker’s new autobiographical cookbook, “Robicelli’s: A Love Story with Cupcakes,” and a canvas totebag stuffed with farm-fresh produce.

Organizers said the bake-off was a perfect way to wrap up the Ridge Greenmarket’s third year, as it embodied the program’s eco-friendly values.

“It was a wonderful ending to a fantastic season,” said manager Ally Campbell. “It spreads the message of local, low-impact food.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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