***PRE ORDERS***We will be accepting Pre Orders for 13 Dozen or more Apple Fritters! Pre Orders are only available for pickup from Monday October 3rd - Friday October 7th. Please call the number below 24 hours in advance and leave your name, phone number, time & date of pick up and how many Dozens you would like to Pre Order! 860-385-1080.
Our 2022 Fritter Booth Hours
Apple Harvest Missions
Over the years, we have supported the following missions with proceeds from our Apple Harvest fritter booth.
The Story of the Apple Fritter...
The story begins in 1969 when Pastor and Mrs. Steinke received a 50lb.bag of flour. Mrs. Steinke suggested that the congregation make apple fritters to sell at Southington's first Apple Harvest Festival that fall. Pastor Steinke asked Dot Czarnota about the idea, knowing full well how she liked to bake. Dot first tried making the fritters with apple rings, then apple chunks, then wedges, but these failed to pass Pastor and Mrs. Steinke’s taste test. Finally, Dot created a new recipe that not only passed the Steinke’s taste test but was met by congregational praise at the annual summer picnic. Having tasted Dots’s new recipe, the people of Zion agreed to give the apple fritters project their support!
During the early years, the apple peeling and the flour mixing was done at Dot’s home. The fritters were sold for ten cents each and soon these delicious fritters became the hit of the Apple Harvest Festival. Over the years, several mechanical innovations were introduced to make the fritter business more efficient, but the recipe has remained the same. Your purchase of Apple Fritters enables Zion Lutheran Church to continue supporting ministries across town, throughout our nation, and around the world. Thank you