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January 21, 2009

Sugar cream pie: Baked for Hoosier greatness


Jeffers worked on designing graphics for the IFA Web site until spring 2008. While he wasn’t directly involved in drafting the proposal to make the Hoosier pie’s name an official one, he said it’s one he supports.

“It’s something that’s truly a signature to the state and this just reminds people to try it while they’re here,” he said.

Indiana Foodways Alliance is a nonprofit organization started in 2007 and has offices in Anderson. Haller said its goal of identifying, preserving and promoting Indiana’s food culture is important for the economic development of small towns across the state.

The Indiana Foodways Alliance is the first membership-based association of its kind in Indiana dedicated to the development and promotion of the local food culture of Indiana and small businesses from field to table, Haller said.

“[IFA] was formed to help bring people into rural areas by directing them to the best locally owned culinary sites, and quite a few serve sugar cream pie,” she said.

Sugar cream pie was created between 1810 and 1825 by the North Carolina Quakers who settled in farms along the eastern border of Indiana, especially near Winchester, Richmond, Portland and New Castle.

“Sugar cream pie is uniquely an Indiana food and something the state does very well — it’s only made here except when exported from Winchester,” Haller said.

Home to pies

Wick’s Pies, in Winchester, has helped make the sugar cream pie famous by producing pies from a Wickersham family recipe that dates back to the family’s 19th century farm. The resolution would make Winchester — a town of around 5,000 people — the sugar cream pie capital.

Wick’s owner, Mike Wickersham, said his business made 16 million units of pies and pie shells last year and distributes to 40 states either indirectly or directly. Sugar cream sells at a 2-to-1 ratio, he said.

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