Questers sell home-spun treats to restore Hance House kitchen

Members of the Verde Valley Questers will again sell homemade cookies, hand-made pickles, homegrown pecans and slices of home-baked pecan pies at this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival. (Photo courtesy of Candy Hammond)

Members of the Verde Valley Questers will again sell homemade cookies, hand-made pickles, homegrown pecans and slices of home-baked pecan pies at this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival. (Photo courtesy of Candy Hammond)

Candy Hammond says she and her fellow Verde Valley Questers are getting in touch with their inner girl scout.

Each year, the Questers sell homemade cookies, hand-made pickles, homegrown pecans and slices of home-baked pecan pies at the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival.

This year, proceeds from the sweet treat sale will help them restore the kitchen at the Historic Hance House, across from Fort Verde State Historic Park.

Redoing the kitchen will be one of the Questers' "biggest endeavors to date," Hammond says. "This project when complete will be like walking into a kitchen from 1917, the year the house was built."

The Questers, already with a period-appropriate stove for the kitchen, are raising money to pay for new floors, plumbing, an old farm sink - and an ice box.

Saturday and Sunday at the annual festival, the Questers will be set up in the cook shack, located between the Fort's Administration Building and the Town's ramada.

"What a better way to raise some money then to fire-up their ovens to bring you some of the best homemade cookies and pies ever - and of course, all recipes will be featuring pecans," Hammond says.

The Verde Valley Questers will be in the cook shack on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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