MOSES LAKE — The Crunchy Munchy samples were leaving the table at a pretty fast clip – hold on. A customer stopped at the booth to pick up a package.
“A friend tasted mine and wants a bag,” she said.
Anyway, the Crunchy Munchy is a once-a-year offering at the Piper Barn show – wait a minute. More customers. “This is the whole reason that we came,” a customer said, as she picked up a sample.
This is the sixth year for the revived Piper Barn show, the annual holiday craft and food show at the Piper family farm, 1508 Road S NE. The show will be open Friday and Saturday. The show itself dates back to 1988 – and so does the Crunchy Munchy.
It was, said Piper Barn owner Sheila Piper, the invention of show co-founder Laree McNeese. It’s made for the show and sold only during the show.
It’s a mix of cereal, popcorn and nuts, drizzled with caramel and chocolate. “We work on it two days,” Piper said.
The cheese balls sold by the Alpha Omega sorority are a two-day project too. (Every hostess needs at least one for Thanksgiving, said Alpha Omega member Marilyn Sage, and one for Christmas. And one for the New Year.)
“That recipe has been in our sorority for many, many years,” Sage said. Production is a group effort, using the kitchen at the Soap Lake school. Ingredients are purchased on Friday, and on Saturday, “we all get up and show up at school. We have assembly lines going.”
Alpha Omega is a Soap Lake- and Ephrata-based organization, raising money for good works. Its projects range from cancer research and Special Olympics to scholarships and animal rescue.
It’s an organization of like-minded women, looking to support charitable efforts in the community. “Totally philanthropic,” Sage said.
The Piper Barn show has offerings from more than 70 vendors over its four-day run, and offers classes Friday and Saturday. It’s in a genuine barn that’s used to store farm machinery the rest of the year.
“This barn was here when we bought the farm, years and years ago,” Piper said. It’s been upgraded over the years, with new metal roofing and some interior siding, among other things.
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