TERRE HAUTE —
If you pass the merchandise table of CDs and DVDs on the way to your seat at the Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet concert, you will certainly notice the pies.
Peach, apple, cherry, coconut and chocolate fried pies. These Southern fried delectables have become a much-talked-about part of every Farm Hands concert. Their fans can sum up in one word what all the fuss is about: lard.
“The pies have really become a fan favorite,” said Tim Graves, dobro player with the group and eight-time bluegrass dobro player of the year.
The pies are Armstrong Pies, a Linden, Tenn., company established more than 65 years ago. The home-style, fried turnovers are still made from the original recipe and that includes lard. In 2011, Armstrong partnered quartet as official tour sponsor.
“We sing the old songs, talk about the old times, and when we mention lard, people laugh,” said Daryl Mosley, bassist and award winning songwriter. “They remember their mother or grandmother using it in pie crusts and other foods.”
The quartet will perform on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Union Christian Church, 5350 E. Hulman Drive. The event is free. For more information, contact Union Christian Church, 812-877-1187.