Supporting the West Fork Food Pantry is “Easy As Pie”

Whether you enjoy baking or eating, supporting the West Fork Food Pantry is easy as pie! Join us during our 2021 season opening celebration on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a good time, supporting a good cause.

Enchanted Acres will host a pie baking contest and pie sale to support the West Fork Food Pantry. Pie entries must be submitted between 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Enchanted Acres, 1071 250th St., in Sheffield. 

Amateur bakers and home cooks are being called to submit entries for a pie baking contest. One piece of each pie will be judged, and the other slices will be sold individually that afternoon with proceeds benefitting the West Fork Food Pantry.

Meet our pie baking contest judges:


  • Dubbed Iowa’s Storyteller, Darcy Maulsby believes anyone who eats has a connection to the things she’s most passionate about, including food, farming and history. This fifth-generation corn and soybean farmer from Lake City, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University (ISU) with degrees in journalism/mass communication, history and marketing. She is a published author of several books, including the “Culinary History of Iowa” and “Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes.” An avid home cook, Darcy has cooked with “American Idol” winner and restauranteur Taylor Hicks during the Iowa episode of the national TV program “State Plate.” She has also been featured the Iowa State Fair episode of “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” on the Cooking Channel. Darcy has won numerous blue ribbons at the Calhoun County Expo, the Clay County Fair and the Iowa State Fair for her molasses cookies and mixed-berry jam. She's also a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judge, an ISU Extension Master Gardener, and a University of Illinois Extension Master Food Preserver.


  • Known as Hodge Podge Hippie on social media, Thena shares useful information about traveling, camping, cooking and homeschooling. This Missouri native enjoys tandem biking with her husband, Matthew, who also is their blog’s photographer. They are published authors and enjoy exploring states to find new family fun adventures. In their spare time, they love trying new foods, visiting state parks, and touring the states in their new RV. On any given day, you'll find them out and about enjoying nature and finding new ways to make forever memories with their two children. 


  • Val Plagge, a fifth-generation farmer, graduated from ISU in Agricultural Communications. She and her husband, Ian, are raising corn, soybeans, pigs and four kids on their family farm in Franklin County. Val’s passion for farming, family, food and her community give her a variety of opportunities to share about her life with consumers from across the country both in person and online through her blog, “Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids.” Her blog gives her the opportunity to work with groups like CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Monsanto’s Rooted in Conversation, and Iowa Farm Bureau’s F.A.R.M. Team. On her blog, Val shares some of her family's favorite recipes, which naturally includes several pies. Val appreciates how pie brings people together for a community fundraiser or for a celebration or holiday. She enjoys carrying on the traditions passed down from her mom and grandmas when making pie at home. Val also uses her culinary experience to help 4-H members and serves as a 4-H judge at county fairs.

Pie Baking Contest rules follow.

to benefit West Fork Food Pantry
on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021
at Enchanted Acres pumpkin patch
1071 250th St., Sheffield, Iowa

  1. Entries must be submitted between 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Sept. 26.
  2. Bake in a standard disposable aluminum 8½ – 9” pie tin. 
  3. The entire pie must be submitted for judging. 
  4. Entries must be made from scratch. Mixes are not acceptable ingredients and will be disqualified. Pies with pre-made or store-bought crusts will be disqualified. Pie crust and filling must be prepared and baked by the person submitting the pie for judging.
  5. All pie ingredients and decorations must be edible. 
  6. The recipe for the pie and pie crust must be submitted with the entry. Recipe must list all ingredients, quantities, and the preparation instructions. It should be submitted on one side of 8 ½” by 11” paper. (All pies will become the property of Enchanted Acres.)
  7. Entrant’s name, address and phone number must be printed on the back side of all pages submitted with the recipes. Be sure to also include “Division,” such as Junior Youth, Senior Youth or Adult. 
  8. This contest will include both youth and adult divisions. The two youth divisions will include Junior, ages 8 to 12, and Senior ages 13 to 18. Anyone over the age of 19 will be considered an Adult.
  9. This contest is open to any individual amateur baker. 
  10. A baker may enter a total of three pies: one apple pie, one pumpkin pie, and one fruit pie.
  11. An Apple Pie entry must include at least 60% apples in the filling. It does not need to be a “traditional” two-crusted, apple pie; it can have a variety of fillings. 
  12. During judging, one slice will be cut from the pie. The remaining slices will be sold individually to raise funds for the West Fork Food Pantry.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

•    30 points    Flavor
•    25 points    Filling: consistency, doneness, moistness & flavor 
•    20 points     Crust: color, flavor, texture doneness 
•    15 points    Overall Appearance 
•    10 points     Creativity 
TOTAL 100 Points

Decisions are the sole responsibility of the judges and are final.

Special Awards:
1st Place Junior Youth
1st Place Senior Youth
1st Place Adult