August 2019 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Staff Marketgoers may not know that the Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) is just as committed behind the scenes as they are out at the market every Saturday morning. The CFM committee visits its vendors who sell prepared foods at their commercial kitchens. A condition of being a CFM vendor, they must be certified and inspected by the County Health Department. We went along for a vendor visit with CFM committee members and paid a visit to one of our favorites\u2014Generations Pie Company. Carmel marketgoers were first introduced to Generations Pie Company at the Carmel Farmers Winter Market a few years back and are enjoying the delicious assortment of pies that are all named after relatives and friends of the owner, Maria Johnson. Johnson attributes her entrepreneurial spirit to her father, Eddie Woods Jr., and her passion for baking from her grandmother, Hattie Leota Overton Mann. Johnson learned by watching her grandmother throughout her youth and applies the same \u201cfrom-scratch\u201d methods and recipes that were handed down or created by her grandmother. While developing her passion and skills for baking, Johnson graduated from Butler University with a business administration degree and earned her MBA from Anderson University. After a 35-year-long career as an accountant, Johnson retired in December of 2017 to focus on her company that she established in 2016 and which has become a popular vendor in area markets such as Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Binford and City Market in downtown Indianapolis. Johnson spends 20-plus hours a week baking out of a commercial kitchen located in Fishers, Indiana. Customers and fans of Generations Pie Company taste Johnson\u2019s 30-plus years of experience in every single bite. Out of this commercial kitchen, Johnson and her team of five talented and dedicated individuals produce crowd-favorite pies and pastries, such as Hattie Leota\u2019s Sweet Apple Pie, Winston\u2019s Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, Margaret\u2019s Rhubarb Pie, Maria\u2019s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Sherry\u2019s Cherry Pie, Peachie\u2019s Peach Pie, Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan Sticky Buns, Sugar\u2019s Cobblers and assorted Yvonne\u2019s Sweet Breads. \u201cMy earliest memory of my grandmother was as a youth, and I would watch my grandmother\u2014every week\u2014make the pies from scratch,\u201d Johnson shared. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t until my late teens that I really got into baking.\u201d Johnson and her helpers will prep and make the sinfully delicious pie crusts on Tuesdays and then bake the pies and prepare them for the markets on Thursdays and Fridays. \u201cWe will make somewhere around 100 pies a week,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cWe make a lot of small pies too because people buy more of the smaller pies so they can enjoy more than one flavor of pie. People can preorder and special order through my website and can either pick up their pies here at the kitchen on days that I\u2019m here or they can select a market closest to them and pick it up on Saturday.\u201d When asked what her all-time favorite pie is, she replied, \u201cGranny Suk\u2019s Sweet Potato Pie. It was my great-grandmother Hattie McKinney Overton\u2019s recipe, and it\u2019s over 100 years old. People keep trying to get it from me, but I won\u2019t give it out!\u201d Johnson enjoys the Carmel Farmers Market a great deal and shared that she finds the market to be incredibly supportive to its vendors and the customers to be very engaging. \u201cWhen I was new to the Market, people would come up and congratulate me,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cEveryone is very welcoming, and the customers give me feedback, which I appreciate. I get mostly positive feedback, but I listen and make improvements based on the feedback I get. I love the customer interaction that I get at this market. If I was in a store, I wouldn\u2019t get that.\u201d Order your pies and other delectable pastry treats from Generations Pie Company at generationspie.co. Visit carmelfarmersmarket.com for a complete list of events and vendors. Carmel Farmers Market August 2019 Entertainment and Events AUGUST 24, 2019 Mesa Rain Entertainment Mesa Rain is a band based in Carmel that plays Austin-Influenced original Americana along with popular covers from blues, rock and country artists. AUGUST 31, 2019 Witch Hazel Valley People Entertainment American Roots and Western Swing music. You're bound to sing, clap your hands and go to cuttin' the rug! AUGUST 31, 2019 IU Health North Hospital - NICU department Demonstration The NICU department will be providing information about the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) department.