FARMINGTON — Strawberry shortcake will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until gone, at the Pierce House, at 208 Main St.

The event has been a tradition since Old South First Congregational Church served the dessert for the 100 year anniversary of the Pierce House in 2005. Most years volunteers from Old South pick the berries from David and Verna Pike’s farm on the Whittier Road. Volunteer pickers gather in the morning and harvest more than 100 pounds of strawberries.

The berries are then transported to the Old South kitchen where another group of at least six volunteers wash, hull and mash the strawberries adding just the right amount of sugar. Each year the Pikes have supported the annual strawberry shortcake event by donating a generous portion of the berries.

Early the same morning, at least 300 biscuits are baked in the church’s kitchen. Once the biscuits are baked, all the ingredients and supplies are then taken to the Pierce House and the serving area is set up under a tent on the front lawn.

Volunteers staff the assembly line, making each shortcake as perfect as possible with a fresh baked biscuit, a scoop of fresh strawberries and a squirt of whipped cream.

The cost $4 per serving. Proceeds will benefit community service and outreach through improved handicap accessibility to the Old South Church’s Newman Wing. The winter warming center, support groups and other community events are held in the Newman Wing addition.

For more information, call 778-0424.

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