Bessie White

Bessie White

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Bessie and her sister Velma started the Cortez, Colorado farmers market 43 years ago. She's only missed one Saturday since. This short film tells a tiny bit of her family story, as well as secrets for making strawberry-rhubarb pie.

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- Now this rolling pin would be hard to use on your husband. You know if you, you always hear about the women beating the husband with the rolling pin. I don't think mine would last very long. I gotta get a little cup of flour. But you now the funny thing is I had a wooden one and the handle broke but it wasn't, it wasn't from, it wasn't from beating my husband. You don't want too thin but you don't want too thick 'cause you don't want to have all that crust. I was married on my 17th birthday so I've been married all my life. And I've lived in the same house. And my husband was born in the house. Of course it wasn't, it was just two rooms. It was just a two room house. It was all the home I ever knew, rest of my life, I've lived right here within 10 mile radius. Now if I'm gonna make strawberry rhubarb this is what I use for my pattern. And I'll get the strawberry rhubarb, oh. I was one of nine children. And my mother, we never ate anything she didn't make herself. You know, so it wasn't long before we were rolling out the pie and we were making pies. And so I've made pies since I was big enough to get up to the table. Roll the dough and so it wasn't something I you know, learned after I was older. I did it all my life. Nope, my mother was quite a talented lady. I don't know how she done it with no electricity. We didn't have electricity here til in '58. We hadn't, finally had electricity. Well it's a shame to ruin, to lose all of our old traditional things that we do. It is. But and of course, the stores, the grocery stores have made it so convenient just to run down and grab a pie you know that it's not very tempting for the people to say, "Oh I'll go home and make one." You know if you didn't have something, you didn't miss it. People didn't buy anything from the store. We just grew their own. This is a pecan. And this is a strawberry rhubarb. This is an apple. I always make the face on him. I put the, I have a, what I put on top so I know what they are. Don't have to look to see what they are. And the blueberry looks like a B. Has a B on there like a blueberry. Okay, all right. And then I'll run and get a little bit of, cup of flour. We've done the farmer's market for 40 years. It's just something that I could do you know, from home and we advertised it in the county, in the county paper. A lot of people that says as they drove down main street, they see you know, people parked there. I think there probably was around $400 on that first day of what they sold. I'm not positive of that. Now I'm giving away all my secrets. Somebody else will be making rhubarb strawberry pie. And claim they learned how to do it. Oh I wouldn't care. I'd be happy if somebody else made a pie. I say I think it's good. You can see it's just about right. Be about the right thickness. My sister and I made pies together. So probably you know we made a few and if they sold, why next time we'll make a few more. Henry Ford, when he made the first car, he didn't know if anybody be interested and buy it and you know, in buying it and it took off you know, and that's what people have to do. ♫ When every sense just begs for leave ♫ And wanders off in the afternoon ♫ You will understand why on the moon ♫ Who chases the wind through the trees ♫ We just had stuff that we wanted to get rid of. And of course the next year after we started, then the next year you more or less planning to it. You know, when you plan the things that you thought people would want. I helped my all three of my grandkids go to college with farmer's market. You know, I didn't set out to be any different than anybody else. I was just doing what everybody, what people at that time were doing. - [Voiceover] Well people at the time weren't starting farmers' markets. - Well no but they came and when they, so when start one, well they came the next week so it wasn't, it wasn't really you know, I mean there's people that wanted to do it wanting to come so. ♫ Here we are ♫ I can't help anymore ♫ It was a perfect night for this ♫ Back to back I feel you move in ♫ Across the line in the sheets ♫

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