The pie’s the limit on the Island for holiday treats. This year, there seems to be an amazing collection of local businesses offering their pies for your enjoyment over the holidays.
Like the change in wine from white to red, the Fall brings a change from my love of cupcakes to pie. It’s sweet but a little more savory and natural to me – an added serving of fruit to my diet. Tricking me into thinking that pie might just be a better dessert option.
Nothing represents pie more to many than Thanksgiving. On this day, I won’t just have one but most likely two or more pies to delight my palate. And if you’re like me, short on time, I think getting a fresh, locally made pie is the perfect solution to a lack of pie.
Here’s a handy dandy guide to getting your pies (so you can focus on other fun holiday things).
Pie Chicks offers an amazing selection of pies for your Thanksgiving feast. All set on pumpkin and pecan? Well, how about Apple, Blueberry, Cherry Crumb, Key Lime or Chocolate Bourbon Pecan (a little different from the traditional).
Have a guest or family member who has a gluten allergy? Well, you are in luck, and they will be excited to know that there are even gluten-free options available from Pie Chicks including Apple, Cherry Crumb, Blueberry, and Pumpkin. This would be a nice surprise don’t you think? Being able to have pie when usually not able to –an added holiday bonus.
There are also a couple locations where you can find Pie Chicks’ pies. You can find them at both Cronig’s locations and Ghost Island Farm for the holiday, beginning Monday, November 21. On Tuesday, November 22nd, they will be available at Edgartown Meat & Fish and MV Wine & Spirits.
Not even yet two years old, Rosewater has become a staple for a lot of people. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or takeaway dinner, or their amazing baked goods, it is a hot spot.
Luckily for us, they are offering their pies for the holiday this year. Call by Saturday, November 19th, (508) 627-1270, to reserve a Double Apple, Pumpkin or Jody Drake’s Pecan Pie. Jody is a known baker on the Vineyard and is baking at Rosewater, and her Pecan pie is sought after by many.
I think you’ll find the largest selection of flavors from the Black Dog Cafe. Executive Pastry Chef, Laura Beckman, makes it hard to choose. There are so many, Apple Crumb, Apple Double Crust (yes please!), Blueberry Crumb, Blueberry lattice crust, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and of course, Pumpkin and Pecan.
Pies are available all week! You can special order if you like, but there is a large pie table set up for people to just come in and choose from on Wednesday and Thursday at the Black Dog Cafe on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Pies will also be available at the Black Dog Bakery.
The Black Dog is actually open until 2 p.m. on Thursday because they have Thanksgiving dinners to go. It’s literally one stop shopping if needed.
New to the pie scene is Behind the Bookstore. It was actually Elana from BTB that gave me the idea about a blog about pies for Thanksgiving. What a great resource it would be for people celebrating on the Vineyard.
The Salted Honey Pie was first introduced into my life over the summer while having dinner at BTB. I was going to skip dessert because I was so full, but she assured me that I needed to try this pie. Oh boy, it’s like the dream pie of a salted caramel fan, a combination of so many good things. The joy of knowing I could have this pie, inspired me to think other people might feel the same way about there favorite on the Island. This Southern style pie is one of my new favs, and might have to go New York with me.
An interesting fact: Morning Glory Farm offers the largest selection of pies to choose from. I had no idea there were so many. Now I am confused. Perhaps I bring a couple Pecan and Pumpkin alternatives to my family’s dinner (those two are already spoken for).
Get ready for this. At Morning Glory Farm, you can choose from: Apple, Swedish Apple, Pumpkin, Apple Cranberry, Buttermilk Custard, Blueberry, Blueberry Cranberry, Chocolate Chess, Pecan, Maple Walnut and Harvest (a variety of nuts). Don’t forget to grab a loaf or two of zucchini bread!
You can also get many other of your Thanksgiving dinner needs here too. For Morning Glory Farm, orders must be in by Monday November 21st. Pick up is Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
I recently learned that Reliable Market carries the Island’s beloved Eileen Blake’s Pies. How wonderful is that, since you can no longer just stop by her pie shack on State Road in West Tisbury — which I do miss seeing. For some reason, it always made me smile when it was there.
Anyhow, you can get these pies all year long at Reliable Market. The pies are delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays, but supplies are limited.
For Thanksgiving, there is a wide variety to choose from: Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Blueberry, Burgundy (blueberry/cranberry), Caramel Apple (Yum!), Toll House, Blueberry Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. The pies for Thanksgiving are delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Get to Reliable early, they go quickly. If you want to play it safe, you can reserve a pie. Call Eileen Blake Pies directly at 508-457-1534.
Of course, one of the most amazing and creative — if I may say so — bakeries on the Island, also has pies. And boy, does Scottish Bakehouse have a selection. Here too you will find great gluten-free options. They make it pretty easy for you to order (see below and choose away). I love that you can get a Lemon Meringue pie, the first I’ve seen among my pie research.
Pies, pies and more pies. The tough thing is to decide where to get yours. The only thing is that you need to order soon. Dessert is one of the best things about Thanksgiving, and these pies can be a great way to end your meal. Don’t forget that pie is a great breakfast treat too!