There are five wonderful opportunities to experience the delicious taste of an apple pie and that procedure is headed by family-owned farms, markets, bakeries and established businesses. The ingredients of the apple pie and the freshness of the product makes for a delectable treat for the entire family. Apple pies seem to be always in season and markets and farms have orchards or local vendors, and that gives the fresh and local touch that comes right to your table with superior flavor. There are choices at each venue to purchase a variety of products that include apples in the menu, and a host of pastries and baked goods.
Harvest Valley Farm Markets & Bakery
6003 Cunningham Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
The sweet aroma of an apple pie at Harvest Valley Market off Rt.8 in Gibsonia is easily discernible as soon as you enter the market, and the fourth generation family-farm welcomes you to enjoy all the products. Art King mentions the Cinnamon Apple Pie has no high fructose, 0 trans fats, all natural ingredients, and it’s baked fresh everyday. Mr. King said, “This makes for the perfect balance of cinnamon and sugar.” Norma, an experienced staff member, noted it’s the eighth summer season and the amount of customers have increased each year. There are opportunities to purchase local produce, baked goods, flowers and hanging baskets, and while you are there don’t be surprised the fragrance emanating from the bakery will serve as a reminder for a return visit. On June 9th, the Oakmont Market offers all fresh local products, and customers can experience the the best of Harvest Valley Farms Markets.
2573 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA 15090
Located just off I-79 North in Wexford, the Soergel Orchards has been a popular seasonal venue, and the sweet smell of an apple pie is not far away in the market. The bakery offers many different flavors of pies, but the 8″ apple pie and the 10″ sugar-free pie are delicious choices, and the preparation of ingredients and crust make for a slice of excellence. The farm has acres of apple orchards and that selection comes to your table with the diligence that is inherent from the family-owned business. If you are in need of home and garden supplies, deli, gifts, wine shop and farm fresh products, then Soergel’s is a wonderful choice to spend the day, and that includes seasonal events that the entire family can experience.
531 Allegheny Ave.
Oakmont, PA 15139
Oakmont Bakery is a bakery that vouches that their apple pies have stood the test of time, as they are based from a generation of recipes designed with freshness and superb taste. There are opportunities to walk right in and purchase the pie or order online for a special occasion or a fabulous family dessert. Choose from the 8″ apple pie or the 10″ Dutch Apple selection, and the overall satisfaction of choices include apples for fritters, dumplings, horns and donuts.
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81 Clairton Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Pastries A-La-Carte, Official Pastry Shop of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a locally owned by John and Kathy Battis and the husband and wife team are inspired to make the best product they can. Tamala, General Manager, commented, “Why settle for ordinary when you can have EXTRAordinary.” She mentioned the apples come from Amish country and are diligently peeled by hand, and that process is displayed with the 3 pounds of apples in each pie. There is no processing and each pie is made from scratch, just like momma used to make. There are a varied assortment of mouth-watering apple pies, and if there is a need to purchase other luscious treats, try the cakes, cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes, tortes and fine pastries.
The Pie Place
1775 N.Highland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
If you’re looking for sumptuous treats, then look no further than The Pie Place for a slice of apple pie, and that comes from a family run bakery intent on serving an exceptional product. Julie Accamando, owner and pastry chef, exclaimed that the pies are made from scratch with 0 trans fat. She said the dough is handmade and The Pie Place is known for its dough and soft, flaky crust. There are three choices of the apple pie, which are the classic apple, Dutch Apple and a sugar-free apple, and the apples are switched often depending on the season. There is more than the delicious apple pie selections, and the delights include tarts, crisps, tortes, cupcakes, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and snacks. The artistry and culinary skill displayed with the products make for an improbable dilemma of what to purchase.
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