Just last May, mother and daughter Beth Burke and Aubrey Schwartz launched Front Porch Pies—full-size pies, pockets and bites stuffed with fruit and other scrumptious fillings—and the handcrafted baked goods have already made a name for themselves in Scituate and neighboring communities.
The idea for the business was inspired by the PBS documentary “A Few Good Pie Places,” an hour-long portrait of several little-known pie makers across America. Beth, always up for a challenge and urged on by Aubrey, enrolled in the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and began baking sweet creations and selling them in small batches at the Cohasset Farmers Market. The pies were snapped up so fast that Beth doubled her output, but even that hardly met the demand. These days, when someone is craving America’s most famous dessert, made from scratch, they simply call or email Front Porch Pies and the flavor of their choice will be ready for pick-up within days.
The growing business is a family affair, with pies named for family members like Mathilda’s Blueberry, Nutty Uncle Frenchie’s Maple Walnut and Caroline’s Sweet Potato with a gingersnap crust. The company’s charming logo was designed by dad, James, Aubrey leads the marketing effort, and sons, Cullen and Jack, handle the all-important job of taste-testing. Eleven-year-old Olivia pitches in wherever needed.
A sought-after Caramel Apple Galette is one of 10 varieties that is always on rotation, and seasonal offerings including Strawberry Rhubarb and Peach. Prices range from $5 for a two-pack of Pie Bites to $20 and $22 for full-size pies. Pie Pockets, sold by the half-dozen for $30, are the finest version of a Pop-Tart you will ever taste. To place an order, call 774-275-0504 or email email@example.com.
—Janice Randall Rohlf