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February 27, 2014

Pie bakers make the grade at Mack's contest

Bakers, tasters applaud return of Mack's apple pie contest


Robert Gardner came all the way from Braintree, Mass., to enter his pie. The 89-year-old is known for his baking in his family.

“There is no secret to my pie,” he said. “I just do it for something to do.”

Marilyn Eddy has entered the contest for more than 20 years. She said she won a few times. Others were entering for the first time.

In the end, the top winners in each category were named and received gift baskets and bragging rights to have their recipes featured at the Mack’s Apples farm stand.

Cathy Carpentier won the traditional pie category and Victoria Pouliot took the nontraditional prize.

Mack thanked everyone for entering and coming out to watch the contest. He said it’s the community that has made his family farm a true Londonderry tradition.

“You are all as much family as my family,” he said. “And when I look at apple pies, I think of my mother. It’s good to have the contest back.”

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