Apple, cherry, blueberry, rhubarb, banana cream.
They put out a call for pies at the Wednesday evening market in nearby Fisher, Minn., and area pie bakers showed up with all-time favorites this week. They also brought special creations, including French silk, pumpkin cream and lemon pie with exotic toppings.
The summer market nights that draw area shoppers on Wednesdays will continue through August, according to Liz Barrett. She’s not only the mayor of Fisher. She also leads the Chamber of Commerce.
She grew up in Fisher. After being away, she moved back about six years ago. She thinks Fisher with its school and friendly people is a good place to raise her children.
Her goal is to bring people back. The population sign on U.S. Highway 2 near Fisher says 435.
“We are definitely a bedroom community between Grand Forks and Crookston. The school is the biggest employer," Barrett said.
On the first Saturday in June, the small community holds a large rummage sale. There’s a “Celebrate the Season” holiday that is coming up this year on Dec. 8 in Fisher. It features a horse-drawn wagon with rides for the children.
The summer market on Wednesdays seems to be a place for area folks to gather. And eat. Many of them make a regular stop at the American Legion club rooms. That is a spot where folks meet and greet one another.
This week, people were stopping by to check out the pies in the park. For many, the evening included finding food and friends in the American Legion club rooms. They seem to gather in the lounge. And on Wednesday evenings, many move on to the large, bright dining room.
Sharon Olson, a part-time bartender, moves steadily around. She chats with customers who seem mostly to be friends. She also spends time helping at the Fisher’s Landing rest area near town.
She said most people like the burgers. And they are good. There also was a hot turkey and a filet steak sandwich. The walleye bits also are favorites.
The dining room beyond the bar is large, light and pleasant. It seats 80. There is a big window framing the open kitchen, which is also large and well equipped.
Pete Mooney doesn’t claim to be the chef. He says he is “just the cook.” He has been on the job for almost three years. The restaurant has burgers and specials on Wednesday evenings. In the winter, there are Friday fish fries.
While dining out is limited in Fisher, there is food service at the Cenex Station on Highway 2. And groups of Fisher people gather there for coffee or meals, as well.
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