Inaugural Pies in the Garden - 2014

Pies in the Garden, our open house and pie contest, was a huge success!


We welcomed over 80 community members into the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden to celebrate our second season and the community who made it possible.

30 pies of a whole variety were tasted: from veggie quiche to squash pie, from chocolate-orange hazelnut to peach-raspberry marscapone pie we feasted to our hearts content! (The only thing better than pie, is sharing it with a wonderful community...and in a beautiful garden, I might add!)


While the tasting (and voting) was underway folks took garden tours, hung out in our new Education Pavilion, and listened to the Stillwater Foundation's band "Super Bad." They were really super good!



"Super Bad" - Thanks for the great music!


The fun didn't end there! We held a prize drawing with great prizes for some of our sponsors and local business like Zia Taqueria, Durango Nursery & Supply, and Second Story Used Bookstore. Two lucky participants each got to take home an exclusive Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Cookbook with some of our favorite recipes submitted by garden members and workshop presenters! All the prizes came with a Local First mug as part of the Eat Local Celebration which will wrap up October 5th at Apple Days!

To wrap it all up we tallied the votes and announced the winners of the Favorite Sweet Pie and Favorite Savory Pie! 


   Favorite Savory Pie:

Tomato Corn Pie

made by Marye Jackson

Recipe altered from

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 2 teaspoons melted
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick, divided (Marye used green tomatoes which she cut into slices, sprinkled with 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. raw sugar and broiled)
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (from about 3 ears), coarsely puréed in a food processor, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 7 ounces coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (1 3/4 cups), divided


   Favorite Sweet Pie:

Rhu-Bop-A-Ree-Bop Rhubarb/Raspberry/Apricot Pie

made by Diane Pesman

Diane attributes her success to her recently passed "adopted Dad" Don Spangsberg, who gathered the apricots from overflowing trees around Durango and always encouraged her to keep cooking. Though she didn't measure here are the ingredients

Loey's Faraway Ranch Organic Rhubarb
Durango Gleaned Apricots
Fresh Raspberries
Orange Extract
Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice
Butter, Flour, Salt, Vodka, Water


Both Marye and Diane took home a gardening book from Maria's Bookshop as their prize. Marye won "Mini-farming on 1/4 Acre" and Diane won "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible."

Thanks to Maria's Bookshop for donating this great gardening book!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a pie and to everyone who came to taste and vote!

We've had a wonderful second season and we couldn't have done it with out the support of many generous organizations, businesses, and individuals. Thanks!

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