Plans for our Johnson County Fair have been in the works since the midway closed in 2012! Our little Maple Grove church family is responsible for the Food Stand and with regard to that, the Food Stamps Cooking Club club house will once again serve as “Pie Central.”
The members of Maple Grove are superb pie bakers. Every pie will be brought to our door each day-fresh from the ovens of talented bakers-and The Normanator and I will cut them, place each slice into its own container, place labels on each little box to identify the flavor and pop them into flats for transport to the Fair Stand. They will be collected and placed in the refrigerators on site. Last year we tallied 800 pieces of home made pie were served up to hungry fair goers. If the weather is good, we could match or surpass that number this year! All the profits go to help support our community.
These kinds of events have the potential to strain a family’s food budget. With careful planning and scrutiny, however, even those who depend on public assistance can enjoy such treats as a Black Cow-root beer and chocolate ice cream-juicy burgers or sloppy nachos. It takes discipline and wise planning to make it happen. People who are accustomed to living on a dime are really good at this! YOU know who you are!
We salute and support people who fund their food budgets with the help of food pantries, food drops, food commodities. We applaud you who manage on goods from generous gardeners, CSA supplies, farmers markets as well as WIC and SNAP. We greatly admire those of you who are thrifty and clever at making foodstuffs s t r e t c h as far as possible for your loved ones.
Here’s hoping you will understand that Mother Connie will be busy baking pies, cutting pies, chopping onions and all that goes with working with our church family this week, leaving no room for blogging. As the week unfolds, I’ll be on the hunt for ideas and suggestions and recipes to help you navigate your way through feeding your loved ones on a tight budget.
We would love to see you at the Johnson County Fair! We’d love to hear about YOUR county fair experiences, too! Just leave us some love in the comment panel.
We’ll reconnect next week! Please remember, too, that you are loved and appreciated!
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