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Celebrate National Pie Day With A Slice From A Fairfield County Bakery

One of the chocolate cream pies from Oronoque Farms. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Cherry pie from Oronoque Farms. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Putting the whipped cream on a chocolate cream pie. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Heather Scofield pulls out a few of the pies at Oronoque Farms. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Oronoque Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Strawberry Chiffon Pie. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Apple Crumb from Oronoque Farms. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

SHELTON, Conn. -- Pie oh my. Saturday, Jan. 23, is National Pie Day, one of those unofficial food holidays created to celebrate pies and all their glory — or dare we say, all of their fillings?

Poll
What's Your Favorite Kind Of Pie?
Final Results Voting Closed

What's Your Favorite Kind Of Pie?

  • Apple
    29%
  • Blueberry
    10%
  • Cherry
    7%
  • Key Lime
    11%
  • Lemon Meringue
    10%
  • Pecan
    11%
  • Sweet Potato
    7%
  • Chocolate
    7%
  • Pumpkin
    8%

According to the National Day Calendar, the first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age. Aside from being a source of sweet tooth satisfaction, pies have also been used over the years for humor ever since actor Ben Turpin received one in the face in the silent movie, "Mr. Flip" in 1909.

In Fairfield County, residents have a host of pie places to choose from. Plan now to buy yours.

Oronoque Farms in Shelton currently has about 15 varieties, with up to 25 in the fall. The most popular is the apple crumb.

"We've had the same recipe since we started," said Heather Scofield who works at Oronoque. "We use all natural ingredients, no preservatives, and people love the pie. We were voted 'Best Apple Pie in Connecticut' by Connecticut Magazine.'"

Michele's Pies in Norwalk is another big pie destination. The bakery, in fact, has had 27 first-place winning pies in the National Pie Championships. Its signature pie is the Chocolate Pecan Bourbon and Store Manager Stephen Jarrett said what makes the pies so good is that they use fresh fruit and keep the ingredients simple -- like at home, he said. "Everybody loves them."

Other pie places to check out (though feel free to write in and tell us your favorites):

Where will you secure your piece of the pie?

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