Did you know? Every McIntosh apple has a direct lineage to a single tree discovered in 1796 by John McIntosh on his farm in Dundela, a hamlet near Morrisburg, in Dundas County, Ontario, Canada. He discovered the tree as one of 20 apple seedlings while clearing the farm, which he had just purchased. He transplanted the seedlings, cultivated them, and only one of them was still alive by 1830. The surviving apple tree lived until 1909. The oldest surviving descendant died on July 25, 2011.
Blueberry cardamom pie, berries hand picked by yours truly at Blueberry Hill farm in PA! (Taken with Instagram)
We’ve had a busy fall! If you’ve stopped by the flea to grab a slice, you may have noticed I haven’t been at the booth, but some fantastic people have been cutting slices of pie for you. It’s so great to have wonderful friends who love selling pie! Big thanks to Meryl Louise Friedman, Kat Savage, Bev Wilson, Akemi Martin, Victoria Harrison, and my parents Kevin and Lindell Gladfelter, who are selling pies at the Flea today. They got in to Brooklyn last night with a truck load of just grown Cushaw and Neck Pumpkin up from the farm for your Thanksgiving pies!
Yesterday, I drove up to Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County, NY to get some more fresh peaches for Saturday at the Fort Greene Flea. If you’ve never been before, definitely get up there. It’s a family owned farm which has a CSA, if you’re interested, and does pick-your-own everything, during harvesting seasons. You can check their site to see what is ready for picking each week.Peaches are nearing the end of their season, but apples are just starting to ripen, and they have a number of apple types ripening over the next few months. They also have a great pumpkin patch, and sell apple cider and apple cider donuts, my favorite! It’s about a 2 hour drive from Brooklyn, but worth it, and overall a pleasant drive - especially with the windows down and a little Townes on the stereo.
I picked as many peaches as I needed in the first 15 minutes, so I spent the rest of the time wandering around the farm and then headed to nearby Cold Spring where I sat on Main Street reading Edith Wharton, sipping a fresh lemonade and eating some delicious lunch. The view of the Hudson is gorgeous.
It couldn’t have been a more pleasant day. I didn’t even feel the earthquake.
View of the apple orchards from the barn.
View from Cold Spring
The lovely Meaghin Kennedy, who we met at the Flea on opening day in Fort Greene, has a great site: Cheery Observations and we were honored to be the subject of one of her Artisan Profiles. She joined us both in the kitchen and at the Flea, and I think she enjoys the pie!! Check out the profile and learn a bit more about Rachel’s Pies!
Chocolate Cream Pie with Dulce de Leche Pretzel Crust
Photo courtesy Meaghin Kennedy at Cheery Observations
As a young gal growing up on the farm in PA, I used to always get the first strawberry from the patch each year (or so I was told). Just found out, my pops was sneaking them in! He deserved it, of course, after doing all of the work and teaching us how to take care of the patches. There is absolutely nothing like a sun-warmed juicy strawberry right from the patch.
My cousins, brother and I would get together and churn vanilla ice cream, until it was too hard to turn, or our patience quickly wore off. Then, the gracious parents would take over. By the time it was ready, my mom would have cleaned and sliced strawberries all ready to put on top. Absolute perfection. So, it is with great pleasure that I now head to the NYC farmer’s markets and pick up pints of fresh strawberries.
I’d like to introduce my strawberry pie with a very light cinnamon graham cracker crust. Served with fresh whipped cream on top - divine!
I’ll be serving these on Saturday at the Fort Greene Flea- come early! Last week they sold out very quickly!
It’s been busy! We started the spring off by selling a few times with the Brooklyn Flea, and we’re going to be regularly at the Flea starting Memorial Day Weekend- on Saturdays at Fort Greene, and we might show up a few other times as well!
We also launched an official website, Rachel’s Pies, thanks to our amigas Angie Moramarco and Meg Moorhouse, and are keeping busy taking orders online. We have been baking the overnight shifts at a fantastic community kitchen incubator, Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen, which helps up-and-coming food industry businesses develop a business plan, structure food production on a larger scale, and all of the little things in between.
We’ve also been fortunate to have had some incredible press, thanks to the Flea. My Dad was generous enough to drive my two Grandmothers up to Brooklyn for a New York Daily photo shoot- check it out: NY Daily, Refinery 29, WNYC, and NY Times.
I can’t tell you how much incredible support I’ve had from my wonderful boyfriend Erik, incredible friends who volunteer their time and many talents to the Rachel’s Pies cause, and of course my ever supporting family. Thank you to all, it really is incredible to feel so loved and supported!
Here’s one I’ve been testing out for summer:
Fresh Blueberry Lemon Pie with Cardamom