Although the group is making 200 pies, as well as apple crisp, Ladies Aid president Cindy Hicks says it’s always a sellout. “Route 112 is always crowded on the weekend, so some of us stand by the curb, so people can just drive by, roll down the window, and buy a pie.”
The annual event raises money for maintenance of the church, as well as the cost of oil. Last year the church was unable to hold the event after Tropical Storm Irene washed out the church driveway, but in past years the event has raised $3,000 in pie sales.
All 17 members of the group have a predetermined hand (or two) in making the pies. Some are in charge of peeling apples, while others make dough, and others roll the top and bottom crust. Hicks says this leaves no question as to how smoothly the pie-making and pie-selling will go.
All pies are baked at the church and come in apple, pumpkin, and blueberry. Large pies (eight to nine inches) are $12, while small (five-inch) pies go for $5, and apple crisp costs $6. The group also serves coffee, cider, and doughnuts at the event.
The sale runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday at the Jacksonville Community Church on Route 112.