There's just something about pie whether it's the flaky crust, tender fruit or sweet cream or custard.

There's just something about pie whether it's the flaky crust, tender fruit or sweet cream or custard.
Pie has been around for many centuries and what we know as pie today dates to the Middle Ages in Europe. Flavors of pie, however, change over the years, evident to those who remember the nursery rhyme about four-and-twenty blackbirds. Types of pie popular in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s are not always the same as today.
That's why when a group of residents from Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care Community visited The Flour Box Bakery in downtown Neosho, the bakery staff baked three vintage pies for the group to enjoy.
"We're for a pie tasting," Cheri Brazelton, Activities Manager for Oak Pointe, said. "We're going to taste three pies from their (the residents) era."
The pies included a sour cream raisin, a coconut cream, and a chocolate pie, baked with vintage recipes. And, the pies were baked specially for the group from Oak Pointe.
The residents who attended were Helen Hoth, Ruthie Yost, Christina Solomon, Joyce Carpenter and her daughter, Dana Lowe, and Marketa Andris along with her daughter, Sherry Swectart. The two daughters were invited along on the outing as a post Mother's Day event.
Sour cream raisin pie was the first to be served followed by coconut cream and then chocolate. Each of the residents tasted each flavor with apparent enjoyment. Each of the ladies also had the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee or other beverage with the pie.
After tasting each of the pies, Brazelton took a vote to determine which pie was the favorite. The votes were close with sour cream raisin and coconut cream each receiving two votes but chocolate emerged as the winner with 3 votes. More than one of the pie tasters indicated they would have voted for the sour cream raisin pie until they tasted the chocolate.
"We like to give our residents a sense of the community," Brazleton said. "So we take them to the kind of places they would normally visit."
Ruthie Yost said that she had visited the bakery before but some of the others had not. Some of the ladies, bakers themselves, discussed the crust and the flavors of each variety.
"I used to bake, oh, yes, I used to bake a lot," Helen Hoth said. "I lived on farms in Iowa and Michigan and I baked a lot of pies."
When asked what pie was her favorite to bake, she smiled and said, "All of them."
Travis McClelland, the new Oak Pointe Community Relations Director, joined Brazelton and the ladies on the pie tasting expedition. After enjoying pie, the group took what Brazleton called 'the long way home' to enjoy some spring sights around Neosho.
The Flour Box Bakery is located at 223 South Wood Street in downtown Neosho. They offer home baked pastries, cakes, and of course, pies. They also offer soups and sandwiches along with specialty cakes for any occasion. Their hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 until 4 on Saturdays.
Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is located at 2601 Oak Ridge Extension in Neosho.