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Signs of spring…

It is another beautiful sunny day in Petaluma, but fortunately, rain is coming this week. Out in the pie garden there are signs of spring stirring. Asparagus is just poking it’s head out and rhubarb is waking up also. March is just around the corner, bringing with it the pies of March!

Today, of course, pie is what is for lunch, dinner afternoon snack or dessert.

asparagus tip

rhubarb plant

 

Musquee De Provence

First off, it is so cold, but it is bright and sunny out and we have hot apple cider, hot chocolate, hot coffee and hot tea, as well as plenty of hot savory pies for you including Collard Greens with Bacon and Black Eyed Peas. So get out of the house, you’ll feel better (especially once you’ve had pie)!

This year we grew a new pumpkin (actually, an old pumpkin, Musquee De Provence), from seeds we picked up at the seed bank on the corner, Baker Creek Seed Company. We only got a few of them and the biggest, heaviest one grew right into the wire fence we used to support it. So when it came time to harvest it, we had to use it right away.
musquee de provence at petaluma pie garden

This is one huge and heavy pumpkin (we forgot to weigh it, but it was heavy). We cut it into chunks and roasted it 2 ways, sweet and savory.
musquee de provence at petaluma pie

Today, we have the sweet. Chunks of Musquee De Provence pumpkin roasted with brown sugar cinammon and butter mixed with cranberries and topped with a pecan crumble! This is a limited edition pie and it is very delicious. Get it while you can!
Roasted Pumpkin and Cranberry with Pecan Crumble

April Showers…

asparagus for pie at Petaluma Pie Company, a bakery in Sonoma County, Northern California

Brings Asparagus! Did we mention that we have asparagus? Before there was even a plan for a pie shop, we dug two long trenches, filled them with rich compost and asparagus crowns. We weeded and tended them, adding more compost every year and now, in year four of these asparagus beds, we can finally ┬áharvest freely. This warm weather and spring rain are really making them grow. They seem to shoot up 6 inches a day! In case you haven’t tried it yet, have Asparagus, Leek and Egg Pie with fresh dill and fromage blanc from Cowgirl Creamery on the menu these days and very soon we will have other tasty asparagus options for you. See you for lunch!