Archive | June, 2012
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Ru’s Pie Club Field Trip 2012, Part 1

25 Jun

A few weeks ago, 8 Pie Club fans caravanned south to Swanton Berry Farm to harvest enough strawberries to (hopefully) last through the winter. Thanks to all who came along! See the crew below:

Here’s the crew (Thanks, Jared, for taking the shot!)

Swanton Farm has a lovely farm stand that sells berry jams, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and pretty much any other strawberry delicacy you can dream up.  The farm also has a very interesting history, and you know how much I love historical context!

According to their website, Swanton was the first organic farm in the U.S. to sign a contract with United Farmworkers of America AFL-CIO and to carry the union label – helping to ensure fair labor practices. Picking strawberries is very physically demanding, and can be dangerous if the berries are sprayed with pesticides and other chemical agents. While it was fun for an afternoon, I know that many people work incredibly hard so we can buy crates from farmer’s markets and grocery stores closer to home, and I am sincerely thankful.

Stay tuned for Field Trip 2012 Part 2 –  we’ll be going again in a few weeks to harvest ollalieberries and blackberries. Yum!

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We’re finally on facebook!

20 Jun

You know it’s real when it’s on facebook.

So go ahead, like us!

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Open for Business!

19 Jun

Last Friday, Ru’s Pie Club completed its first large order of pies! The pies came out beautiful and delicious – with the help of several amazing and talented loved ones. Thank you to Patricia for making the trek across the Bay during last Thursday’s BART craziness, and giving the day a great start! Thank you to Mom B, Amalia, Andrea, and Al for closing out the long day with high energy and chinese food. And especially, thank you to Cole for your incredible support throughout this whole trial run – from hunting down ingredients to comforting me at my 1am meltdown. You are amazing.

I seriously could not have done it without all of you!

One lemon tart…packaged and ready to go!

20 pies, waiting to be delivered

So….let the new orders roll in. Ru’s Pie Club is open for business!