Friends & Neighbors: Pie-making ability runs in the family

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Rachel Knight/Democrat-News Laughter fills the room as Lorin Fahrmeier's crusted pie climbs the auction ladder Saturday, Sept. 28, at the annual Corn Husking Pie Contest, as her mother Kristie Price, second from left, bids against her son-in-law for the mixed-berry pie. Fahrmeier's pie sold for $100 to Regional Missouri Bank of Glasgow. From left, Carolyn Taylor, Price, Auctioneer Ed Stevens and Sam Igo. (Rachel Knight/Democrat-News)

Kristie Price hasn't always been making pies that win honors and awards in pie-baking contests, but like any other task she undertakes, she wants to excel at it.

Gary Dowell, of Marshall, is a longtime family friend to Price and can back her determination to succeed.

"She's a country girl, works hard and she's dedicated to what she does," Dowell said.

The notion to start making pies for contests came about roughly 3 to 4 years ago when her daughter, Lorin Fahrmeier, of Wellington, moved back in with Price and her husband, Larry, and wanted to make some extra income. Fahrmeier said trying their hand at making pies sounded like a lot of fun and an enticing venture.

"She wanted to make peach pie for the farmer's market so we started in and made 15 to 20 pies each Friday night," Price said. "We got pretty good. We enjoyed doing it."

Throughout the years, Price and her children were active participants at state fairs with their livestock competing in junior contests. But when her children got older, Price and her daughter found an alternative way to participate by competing in pie contests and ultimately, competing with each other.

Both women have won honors and awards in pie-baking contests, but Fahrmeier said her mother always seems to have the upper hand in the friendly, family competition.

"Nine times out of 10, she beats me. If I finish second, she usually places first," Fahrmeier said laughingly. "What could I have done to at least be competitive with her?"

It's in this spirit of competition that Price has endowed her determination to succeed into her daughter. When Fahrmeier asks her mother about some ingredient she put into one of her pies, it's unlikely she'll get an answer. It's a competition she enjoys having with her mother.

"It's building a tradition, creating memories," Fahrmeier said. "It's something to look forward to."

So Price and her daughter continue making pies, using their family, husbands and co-workers as "guinea pigs" for some new pie creation they might want to use for some future, competitive purpose, but both women are reluctant when talks begin about a pie bakery business. Considering the amount of work and time involved to start a business, Price and her daughter are content just making pies for enjoyment and competitions.

Fahrmeier said she'd think it'd be fun to have a little shop someday and she wouldn't be the least surprised if her mother was involved in some capacity.

Contact Jesse Brown at jbrown@marshallnews.com.

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