It started with a Nebraskan’s recipes and a 10-year-old’s tomato stand — and survives as a lost art packaged in pink boxes and loved by fans that include sports royalty and the mayor of Yuba City.

The Stephens Farmhouse along Highway 99 bakes pies that customers picking them up for Thanksgiving described as “insanely” delicious and likely to be devoured within a day.

Owner Cherie Stephens expects to bake about 1,500 pumpkin, pecan, pineapple and other pies for the holiday to continue a tradition of hand-rolled dough and other demanding kitchen tasks that have turned homemade pies into a rare resource.

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