In my last post, I mentioned the great ladies that I met in Chicago at the Women Entrepreneurs event. Today I would like to introduce you to Charlotte Smith and her family who operate Appleseed Farm in Fairbanks, Indiana. Charlotte pitched her product to the editors of Country Living, just like I did. We sweated out the waiting room together and then sat together through the panel discussions. Charlotte is a delightful person; I am so glad that I had the good fortune to share the same elevator on the way to our pitch. Charlotte is also a waste not, want not type of gal. One year, as she tells her story on Appleseed Farm's website, "we had apples running out of ears" so Charlotte decided to make Christmas presents for her family and friends. One experiment led to another and Pour-A-Pie was born. When Charlotte first explained it to me I was a little puzzled by the concept because I love to bake pies - but the more I thought about it, the more the idea made sense. Peeling apples, hulling strawberries, pitting cherries... labor intensive and so many people do not have the time these days - but who doesn't love the smell of a freshly-baked pie? All you need is your own crust or a Pillsbury crust and then just pour the filling in - and poof - a pie for dinner in under an hour. The fillings are packaged in old-fashioned mason jars, topped with with a country cotton square of green and white check, tied with twine. Looks, and is, just off the farm. The flavors are apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, strawberry and blackberry. Another special part of Appleseed Farm is the fact that it is operated by four generations of Charlotte's family - all cookin' together in the kitchen. Now that's down home. And you can have a bit of this by visiting the website and ordering online or if you live near a Whole Foods Market, Pour-A-Pie will make its debut in their stores just before Mother's Day.
I tried to post a picture from the website, but I am a novice at this blogging thing - learning as I go... so just follow this web address and you will arrive in Indiana. I will figure out the link bit too so you don't have to cut and paste the web address in the future.
My favorite pie is Strawberry Rhubarb. What's your favorite?