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“Pie Lady” Beth Howard and Her Merry Bakers on the Fourth of July

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Beth Howard, Ms. American Pie/Home & Family Photo, Hallmark

Beth Howard, Home & Family Show/Hallmark

UPDATE 7/24/15: Beth’s World Piece Tour: Making Pie Around the World to Promote Cultural Tolerance, Summer 2015

By Pamela Burke/July 5, 2014

Photos and Video: Daniel Broten

Beth’s Twitter: @worldneedspie

#AmericanGothicHouse

Ms American Pie book by Beth HowardWe met Beth Howard, AKA the “Pie Lady,” on The Women’s Eye Radio Show earlier this summer.  She authored the wonderful cookbook, Ms. American Pie, to raise pie consciousness, share terrific recipes and show how pies can be healing agents.

We like Beth’s approach to cooking and, thanks to her good advice, have been making pies ever since reading the book. When she told us she might be having her last Pitchfork Pie Stand gathering this weekend in Eldon, Iowa, we wanted to take you readers there for this special event.

It’s been a glorious tradition in that part of the world, so to help give it its place in pie history, we are sharing this video and the photos furnished by Beth below taken at her home in the famous American Gothic House.

Video shot by Daniel Broten in one hour of pie-making

It takes a lot of planning and an army to make the 200 pies Beth sells at her pie stand on the weekends, especially for this big holiday. There’s a lot of produce to buy…

Beth Howard shopping for pie produce/Photo: Daniel Broten

strawberries to get ready with volunteers helping…

Beth Howard's Fourth of July piemaking with volunteers, Eldon, Iowa/Photo: Daniel Broten

and the preparation of dough.

Beth Howard rolling dough for 4th of July pies/Photo: Daniel Broten

See how fabulous they look coming out of the oven…

Beth Howard, Pie Lady, pies for 4th of July, 204/Photo: Daniel Broten

and then onto the tables.

Beth Howard pies for 7/4/14/Photo: Daniel Broten

Thanks to all the volunteers and neighbors, the pies were almost all gone in 90 minutes. Luckily there are a few ingredients left to make more to get through the weekend. Beth reports you can still get Apple, Apple Crumble and Cheese. LATE BREAKINGS NEWS: The last piece of pie has been sold!

Beth Howard's Merry Bakers/7-4-14/PHoto: Daniel Broten

The Pitchfork Pie Stand is officially closed now. Thanks to Beth Howard and her Merry Bakers for sharing their pie-making magic!

Strawberry pies by Beth Howard, Eldon, Iowa 7/4/14/Photo: Daniel Broten

Remember the strawberries? Here they are bubbling in their pie tins. Don’t expect to get one, though. They sold out as fast as they came out of the oven! We can almost taste them!

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