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ECA apple pies in high demand

Lincoln County residents can’t get enough of the Extension Community Association’s homemade fried apple pies.
“The first reason is they’re really good,” said Ruth Eurey, a member of the ECA. “The next is, people don’t want to make them.”
It’s true that the process to produce a fried apple pie is not short. First, in September, you must dry and freeze the apples. Then nearly a year later, you have to cook the apples, cool them, make the dough by hand — which also includes rolling it out and crimping it. The final steps include filling, frying and packaging.
The end result is “apple-licious.”
“It’s mainly because it’s fresh when you get them, and it’s dried apples, which make a big difference in a pie,” said Helen Turner, the ECA’s county council treasurer.
It takes a room full of women (and one devoted husband) working diligently to keep the orders filled. On Tuesday alone the group produced 500 pies.
Work takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. throughout the week at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Between rolling dough, filling pies and dealing with spattering grease, a lot of talking is done.
“We have a friendly banter going on all the time,” said Lucille Johnson, an ECA member. “We cover every topic under the sun.”
Columbus Turner, the only man in the room, makes sure to listen closely.
“It’s great,” he said. “You learn a lot of things.”
With the apples running out, making fried pies is nearing completion. Those who were late to order are likely out of luck.
There is a silver lining, however. The members of the ECA will be present at the Apple Festival Sept. 17, armed with more homemade apple pies.
Money from the sales goes to a number of worthy causes including the Red Cross, Amy’s House and 4-H clubs.
by Sarah Grano

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