Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Do you like pie? I do. This time of year I like summer fruit pies or cold vegetable tarts (like zuchini and cheese) but I willingly take a bite of anything good you put between pastry crusts. I love to bake pies and tarts (that's my apple galette right there, galette is a fancy word for a pie with no pan) but I don't have as much time to indulge in this lately. Something about two young children, businesses to run, etc. that drops pie to the bottom of the list next to painting my toenails and finishing a book.

We are treating ourselves this year to a subscription to a CSP. That's Community Supported Pie. It's a lot like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you pay ahead for a share of a farmer's crop except in the CSP you pay ahead for a share of the baker's work for the week. Every Friday we get a box of deliciousness that is the biggest treat ever. We do most of our own cooking most of the time, so a fabulous treat in the house made by someone else is a REAL treat. We've been extra busy and sometimes on Friday night after the girls are asleep in bed and my husband has closed the store for the night we sit on the couch and eat a slice of pie off the same plate and talk to each other for the first time in a week. It's what passes for a date in the glamorous world of us bead entrepreneurs.

Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery has a CSP that drops off at Ornamentea on Fridays. Thanks goodness. I don't think Friday would be the same without it. Tuesday nights would be a little less exciting, too (she says as she licks her fork!)

*if you wish to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture here in NC, visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Good folks, good food.