I love a great success story so I’m passing this juicy one along. After making my first blueberry pie of the season from our homegrown berries, I saw a piece on television about a woman who had shared my love of pie.
She’d lost her big job and broke the news to her partner with a half-hearted joke about ending up in the poorhouse. What to do?
They started baking pies in their home kitchen and quickly ran out of space. So they ditched the furniture, brought in more baking equipment and were all in. Then they put the finished product in a repurposed shed by the road. (Without anyone to man it!) Customers pay by the old-fashioned honor system (dropping money into a metal box with a padlock) and selecting from a few varieties in a small fridge.
Poorhouse Pies in Underhill, VT proved that there was more than one way to make a living and sell their product. An unmanned shed by the road? Who would think that would work? I’ll bet a few folks told them that they were crazy.
Bored by the thinking “out of the box” reference? These ladies went back to the box and changed it completely They transformed their home to a bakery, then set up an old tool shed as a store front.
Now, they’re doing far more than pie.
Hats off to a couple of Back-to-the-Boxers.
23 Park Street, Underhill, VT (802) 899-1346
I need to do some of this kind of thinking myself.