Pearl's Pies Opens in Ascutney
Pearl's Pies opened their doors on Saturday, February 10 in Ascutney. The pie, pizza and sandwich shop took over the space recently occupied by a convenience store and gas station on the corner of Routes 131 and 5. Owner Tom Burnahm comes from the information technology and financial services sector but has always loved baking pies. The store is named after his mother, Pearl. "I used to make pies as gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so this is an expansion of that." His daughter challenged him to do something different in his semi-retirement and baking pies is what he chose to do.
Focusing on fruit pies now, Burnham and crew plan to expand to meat pies and traditional English pies. "We're working up a corned beef and cabbage pie for St. Patrick's Day" he said.
Pearl's Pies plans to use fresh and frozen local produce as their main ingredients. And they not only sell retail but also sell commercially to restaurants in Vermont and around New England. "(The) made in Vermont (name) means something" Burnham said.
"We can bake 90 pies in 30 minutes" states general manager Ron Gallant from Windsor. "We're looking to hire more employees and hope to have a second shift of bakers in addition to having the store open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily."
In addition to their fruit pies, they offer handmade sandwiches and New York style pizzas. Call ahead for pizza and sandwiches for pick up. Call ahead for pies that they will make for you to bake at home.
They feature products made locally like pickles, maple syrup and cider. "We may expand to other places but we'll be able to say it started here in Ascutney, Vermont" Burnham said with pride.
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