What’s in our pies? It’s a lot of ink and paper every week to label all of the ingredients on the boxes, so we thought that putting it down in this message would be a great way for you to reference what’s going on in the kitchen at our farm. You can see some step-by-step photos in this blog post if you like more detail.
On select Fridays, we advertise “Friday is Pie Day” and sell off of our front porch. We make those announcements on social media such as Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Folks are always welcome to order pies from us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and they are available fresh baked or frozen for you to bake at home.
Here are the ingredients:
Butter, organic usually, Organic Flour, Organic Sugar, Pure Vanilla, Lemons, Cinnamon & Nutmeg, Dash of Salt, Vinegar, Non-GMO Cornstarch, crystallized ginger, Fresh & Local fruit such as cherries(our neighbors’ trees), peaches(our neighbors’ trees), blueberries(our many friends & neighbors’ bushes), Apples(our own), Pears(our neighbors’ or organic from the grocery market), strawberries(from Clear Brook Farms’ fields in Shaftsbury), raspberries(from our friends’ bushes or from the grocery market)
About the recipe:
Grandma Brown taught Tammy when she was very young(that’s me.) I taught my daughters and son when they were very young. When Grandma B. taught me, it wasn’t a matter of handing me a recipe card and saying “Go forth and create pies.” It was a matter of working side-by-side in her little kitchen where I was able to sense the right time to stop adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, have her hands model mine to roll the crust and flute the edges, make the best combination for filling that would contain the right amount of sweetness and thickening. When people ask us for the recipe, we’re likely to invite you to make the pies with us, but we’re not likely to give you the ingredients list. If you do receive that, well, you’re not really getting the recipe. It’s an honoring-Grandma-Brown thing.
You could get a pie out of any of the 4 of us if you needed to(my son makes them in his Midwestern apartment to the delight of his co-workers) and this summer, Char(my youngest), is the regular baker from week to week. We all support the pie-making by harvesting & cleaning fruit, rolling and baking, boxing & delivering.