A few weeks ago, my husband Emile read an article about the Ashland Emergency Food Bank in the local paper. The focus of the article was that the food bank was going to hold an open house/pie social to launch a capital campaign to purchase the facility where they are currently housed. If they succeed in doing this, the food bank will attain a permanent home and thereby ensure its presence in our community for years to come.
After he read the article, Emile turned to me and said, “Don’t you think you should help with that?” There he goes again… always thinking up good things for me to do! But his suggestion intrigued me enough to call Pam Marsh, the director of the food bank and ask her about her plan for making pies for the social. Pam’s response – “I haven’t gotten that far yet!” was something I could easily identify with. I’m not big on planning which sometimes can be problematic. However, most of the time things work out just fine. Pam and I talked a bit over the next week or so and we arranged a day to meet at the First Presbyterian Church with as many people as we could gather together to bake pies!
The morning of the bake-fest I showed up early and brewed some coffee and waited hopefully. Soon Pam arrived with loads of ingredients (including a case of apples) and for a few minutes it was just me and Pam. Then, one by one, the ladies showed up. They came carrying rolling pins and aprons and were ready to work. It was absolutely wonderful! In no time at all, we assembled 24 beautiful pies. Most of the pies were apple, but there were a few berry pies in the mix as well. I’d like to offer my deepest thanks to each of those ladies for putting their caring hearts and valuable time into this event. The “Pie” volunteers are (listed alphabetically): Carol Baker (perfect name for the project, no?), Patty Chase, Barbara Hanson, Linda Lanzhammer, Barbara Marsh, Kathy Sager, and Leslie Sargent.
The Pie Social was held on Sunday, March 10. It was a beautiful day and many people showed up to show their support for the food bank, to visit with like-minded individuals, and (drum roll please!) to enjoy a piece of pie! It was a terrific event and I am so glad that Emile suggested that I get involved. Because of his idea I met Pam… and got to work on a fun project with a great bunch of women.
Another team that I am proud to be a part of is the volunteer group that works at the Rotary Garden. This is the fourth year that the Ashland Rotary Club has been growing vegetables for the food bank. One of our Rotarians came up with the idea and from that flash of inspiration we have raised thousands of pounds of fresh produce that has benefited the needy people of Ashland.
Ann Marie Hutson and I worked yesterday at the garden sifting soil.
As great as that is, I have discovered a personal “perk” from volunteering my time for the garden. I’ve found that by working side by side with my fellow Rotarians we have become better acquainted, and true friendships have developed.
Yesterday, on International “Pi Day”, I baked an Apple Blueberry pie for Mark Jaffe, the current coordinator of our garden project. I want to thank him for taking the helm of this very rewarding and worthwhile endeavor.
Apple Blueberry Pie
“Candy might be sweet, but it’s a traveling carnival blowing through town. Pie is home. People always come home.” ~ Pushing Daisies