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Another Pie Thread

I’m a sucker for a good strawberry rhubarb pie and I’ll stop at every single stand selling one but the holidays have reminded me how much I like pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream. I never see pumpkin pie on the route (sad face), or pecan pie either. I don’t think we should discriminate against these “holiday pies” on RAGBRAI. I guess I’ll have to bake my own pumpkin pie so I can have a slice each day when I get to camp. Or maybe Tender Tom’s can start selling pumpkin pie with their turkey legs? Thanksgiving in July. I like the sound of that.

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T. Gap Woo, December 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

I’m a sucker for a good strawberry rhubarb pie and I’ll stop at every single stand selling one but the holidays have reminded me how much I like pumpkin pie

I wholeheartedly concur with your fondness for strawberry rhubarb pie! It’s particularly good with a huge mound of hit-and-miss churned vanilla ice cream on top. I can hear those engines a mile away and know that the Amish pie ladies are also nearby. It’s one of my gustatory highlights on Ragbrai.

Mrs Woo makes a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie, as well as other pies. Granddaughter Woo is in training for Ragbrai 60 or 61. She’s just turned 4, can pedal her tricycle all over creation and has already won a pedal-tractor pull at the local county fair. She can already demolish a piece of pumpkin pie and says it’s her favorite pie.

BTW, Santa Maria Winery of Carroll IA produces Rhuby Dooby, a strawberry rhubarb wine that we enjoy when the pie fixins are not available at the local farm stands. Since strawberry rhubarb wine is not available where we live, regardless of winery, we stock up every year during Ragbrai week.

Gee, now I’m hungry for a piece of pie a la mode. Later this evening, I’ll get a bottle of Rhuby Dooby from the wine fridge and drink a toast to Ragbrai.

I’ll see you along the I-O-Way next year.

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tacook, December 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

I search each RAGBRAI for gooseberry pie…mmmmmm

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Groeny82, December 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

I might make it a mission to try different pies next year, even if it means multiple pieces at one stop. Shoot. Never had gooseberry before, and I saw at least one other that I have never had.

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Groeny82, December 10, 2018 at 7:08 pm

I never really paid attention much but there isn’t a pie vendor that goes along with the ride all week long is there? I think it would be pretty cool to do the same idea that the beer tent does, have a punch card and if you get so many punches by the end of the week they give out a little prize. Maybe a patch that looks like a slice of pie.

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T. Gap Woo, December 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Good evening, Groeny82!

Please see my previous post in this thread. I am not aware of any formal name for the two entities, but the hit-and-miss ice cream vendor and the Amish pie ladies have been there every day since my first Ragbrai in 2013. I hope to see them again this year and every succeeding year!

I like your idea of a pie patch. It would look great attached to my annual Ragbrai wall map, along with the other patches and memorabilia. Let’s hope your idea catches on.

See you along the I-O-Way next year.

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Cory Rood, December 12, 2018 at 9:38 am

Pineapple Pie! Please for the love of all that’s good, tell the church ladies to make Pineapple Pie!

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T. Gap Woo, December 12, 2018 at 8:27 pm

To paraphrase Will Rogers, I never met a pie I didn’t like!

See you along the I-O-Way next year.

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Barry Schnoor, December 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

One of the things I like about the pies along the route is that they are likely fresh and local. Rhubarb and strawberries are both seasonally appropriate during the ride. Same with blueberry and gooseberry.

While I LOVE a good pecan pie, it’s neither local nor fresh. While the pie may be made yesterday, the pecans were harvested last year (or before!). Pumpkin, a seasonal favorite, can be local and fresh, but not in July.

Just my $.02

Ride hard!

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