CUESA's Fall Fruit Pie Contest

October 12, 2015

Time to pull out that rolling pin and your best fall fruit pie recipe! Autumn is upon us, which means apples, pears, and nuts abound at CUESA’s farmers markets, ripe for luscious pie filling baked into a tender, flaky crust. You are invited to submit your best pie at CUESA’s Mission Rock Farmers Market Pop-Up at The Yard on Sunday, October 25.

To showcase the best of the season from our local farms, your pie must feature one or more California-grown fall fruits from our local farmers as the primary ingredient. Any other fruits, nuts, or vegetables should be seasonal. Check out our fruit and nut seasonality charts, do your shopping at CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday, and see our easy-as-pie tips for inspiration.


The top three winners will receive a ribbon and a selection of prizes from Williams-Sonoma, The San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Magazine, Belcampo Meat Co., Fruitilicious Farm, Haverton Hill Creamery, Humphry Slocombe, and Park & Pond. They will also be featured in the CUESA e-letter.


Pies will be judged by our panel of pie experts on appearance, texture, taste, and use of local, seasonal ingredients. Creativity and originality will also be considered. Our esteemed panel of pie experts includes:

Amy Brown, Marla Bakery
Amy Copperman, Zagat, Thrillist, GFF Magazine
Anna Derivi-Castellanos Three Babes Bakeshop
Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle

Lenore Estrada, Three Babes Bakeshop
Jake Godby, Humphry Slocombe
Rebecca Flint Marx, San Francisco Magazine
Jen Musty, Batter Bakery
John Lagier, Lagier Ranches
Stefanie Tuder, Eater SF

To Enter

Download the contest rules and entry form (PDF) »

Print and complete the entry form and bring it with your pie to the CUESA’s Mission Rock Farmers Market Pop-Up at The Yard on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Submissions must be received at the CUESA Classroom at The Yard between 10:00 and 11:00 am. Winners will be announced at the CUESA Classroom at 1 pm. You need not be present to win. Happy baking, and may the best pie win!

The Yard at Mission Rock is located at the corner of 3rd St. and Terry Francois Blvd., across from AT&T Park. It is accessible by Muni buses 10, 30, 45 and 47, the T-Third Street light rail, and the E-Embarcadero historic streetcar line. Ample parking available in Lot A ($6 for 2 hours for farmers market shoppers).

Pie photo from Three Babes Bakeshop, by Colin Price.