Sorry, Mrs. Smith, but it really does make a difference when your apples come in fresh from the orchard. We've been enjoying a pie we picked up from Carter's Mountain for a couple of days now. The apples are unbelievably crunchy, sweet but not cloying, and packed with the goodness of the harvest, wrapped in a flakey crust with a touch of cinnamon. Yum!
To be fair, Mrs. Smith does make a fine pie of the frozen variety, and my partner and I depended on her consistency to do so when we delivered monthly pies to Trinity Cathedral newcomers. But next to homemade, a pie from an orchard wins every time.