By Sia Stewart
This fall, your pie crust skills will be in demand at the Pie Making Marathon hosted by the South Shore Locavores!
Last November, the South Shore Locavores made apple pies to be distributed to families served by the Greater Plymouth Food Distribution Center. The plan was to make 25 pies—but between the overwhelming enthusiasm of the 32 volunteers who showed up to help, and generous donations from many sources, the group found themselves packing up 65 pies by the end of the evening!
The South Shore Locavores series, a collaboration between the Kingston Public Library and edible South Shore & South Coast magazine, has been running since 2010, offering programs about local food. There are some passionate and committed locavores who come to every program, others drop in when they’re interested in a particular topic. For the Pie Making Marathon, half of those who came had never been to a previous SSL program, but loved the idea of baking for a good cause.
Volunteers were made up of expert home bakers, others came equipped primarily with enthusiasm. Kathleen Wall, familiar to many as Plimoth Plantation’s Culinarian, helped coordinate everybody. Experts shared tips with novices, and more than a few of the pies looked like a pastry chef had made them.
High quality ingredients were used, sourced locally as far as possible of course! Donations from individuals and area businesses (such as South Shore Organics, Blount Foods, and Stop & Shop) also helped make it a success.
Pie Making Marathon II will take place on November 19th at the Kingston Senior Center, 30 Evergreen Street, starting at 7:00 pm. Interested? Everyone is welcome!
South Shore Locavores
Kingston, MA 02364
(781) 585-0517 x122
Sia Stewart is the director of the Kingston Public Library. Though she’s no pastry chef, she did grow up on her grandmother’s blueberry pie, and she makes an apple pie for her son-in-law every year on his birthday.