Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I’m sure many of you are well into your meal planning for that special day of family and food. After the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pasta, mussels in marinara sau…oh wait, that may not apply to you…sorry. Anyway, after all of the well-known icons of the Turkey Day table, it’s time for dessert, and for me, there’s really only one true Thanksgiving dessert.
Now, for those of you who bake your own, you can just stop reading right now. Today’s topic doesn’t apply to you because your own homemade pies probably rock and good rockin’ and you would never ever never consider doing anything else.
I’m speaking to the portion of the audience that will be buying their pies. Now I’ll grant you that you can find good pies made in bakeries in grocery stores, but if you’re laying out money for pies anyway, why not get something special? With all the farms that exist here in South Jersey, I would like to make the suggestion to seek out homemade pies at your local farmers market. Let’s face it – the fruit being used in the pies at a farmers market may very well have been picked right in the back of their store.
Here are some markets that have become well-known for their homemade pies. You may want to seek them out, or, if you have a farmers market closer to home that stays open this late and you like them, see what they offer:
Emery’s Organic Blueberry Farm
346 Long Swamp Rd, New Egypt. 609.758.8514.
Lisa and I can certainly vouch for their blueberry products – their blueberry preserves are excellent! They offer a long list of homemade pies, including: apple, caramel apple walnut, apple cranberry, blueberry, Trifecta, pumpkin, Kentucky Derby, coconut custard, cherry, peach, peach/blackberry, maple apple, pecan, mince, lemon crunch, strawberry rhubarb and raspberry. They even have no sugar added options: apple, blueberry, peach & mixed fruits.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd, Medford. 609.654.8643.
Well-known market just off of Route 70 as you make your way across the state. There’s always something going on here. And starting next weekend, kids can meet Santa and Prancer and decorate gingerbread cookies! Johnson’s also offers many pie choices: apple, apple berry, apple crumb, apple lattice top, apple walnut, blueberry, blueberry crumb, blueberry lattice top, cherry, cherry crumb, cherry lattice top, chocolate chip, coconut custard, cranapple, mince, peach, peach berry, peach crumb, peach lattice top, peach prailine, pecan, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, sugar free apple, sugar free blueberry, sugar free cherry,
sugar free peach and sweet potato.
Penza’s Pies at The Red Barn Cafe
375 Route 206, Hammonton. 609.567.3412.
They’re not exactly a secret. A six-time recipient of the title “Best Homemade Pies” by Atlantic City. Featured on Food Network. But these are not just pies; they are works of art. And just the thought of their ricotta pies adds inches to my waist! Select from: double crusted apple, apple crumb, apple cherry, blueberry, peach, apple cranberry, pumpkin, mince meat, pecan, sweet potato, ricotta blueberry, ricotta peach, ricotta strawberry and ricotta multi fruit.
Russo’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm
Medford Lakes Rd and Carranza Rd, Tabernacle. 609.268.0239.
Russo’s covers many areas: fruits, veggies, flowers, wine and baked goods. On November 22nd and 26th, Russo’s will be having a wine tasting from 11AM to 3PM. Here you have your choice of: pumpkin, old fashioned apple, apple carmel walnut, coconut custard, cran-apple, dutch apple, pecan, cherry, blueberry and mince meat.
Enjoy your weekend!