by Catherine Dunwoody
Some say pie is making a comeback, but in my book it never left.
Sisters Jenell and Carla Parsons teamed up to open The Pie Hole a few years ago, and the business is growing so fast their first retail location in Vancouver’s Cedar Cottage neighbourhood is in the works. January 2017 is their fingers-crossed opening month. The bakery will sell whole pies, individual pies and mini pies as well as take & bake options, plus coffee and ice cream.
But lets get back to the pies. The pies you can get right now, whether you order and pick up from their East Van wholesale kitchen, or buy in numerous retail food shops throughout the GVRD.
When I asked Jenell where she sourced her ingredients, her answer, “I just drive out to get stuff as needed and when in season – Richmond for all my blueberries, Krause Berry Farms for strawberries, raspberries and blackberries,” sounds like something your mom would say, not the entrepreneur-owner of a growing pie company that has turned out thousands of fresh-baked deliciousness in the past few years.
That down-to -earth charm is likely what makes her pies so flaky and delicious, they’re leaps and bounds better than our moms would make (sorry mama but I cannot lie) and just one taste confirms the sisters’ company is surely a labour of love.
Jenell sources her Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter turkeys for savoury pies from JD Farms in The Fraser Valley. Pumpkins for her bourbon-laced version? “I usually pick them up at either Richmond Country Farms or Aldor Acres Farm in Langley.”
Much like fresh fruit, we like to eat what is in season locally, and that means Vancouver Pie Hole’s pie selection rotates depending on the time of year. Be sure and visit the website for what is available and when. Holy Vancouver Pie Hole! Your pies have ruined me for any other.