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APGDiscover: Sustainable Sweets

Photo courtesy of Tipso Photo.

Photo courtesy of Tipso Photo.

In case you missed it, in January the Audubon Park Garden District held our third APGD After Hours event. This time Tara Gould, Owner and Head Baker of P is for Pie, hosted everyone in her boutique bakery in the West Corrine Plaza (2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803). Visitors got to try free samples of her handmade S’Mores Cutie Pies, Strawberry Basil Mini Pies, Strawberry Key Lime Minis, and Chocolate Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Cutie Pies. There were also samples of Stumptown Coffee for those looking for a taste of Portland.

It was tons of fun and very informative, so for all of you who couldn’t make it, read on for the back story (minus the sweets, sadly).

The Family Garden. Bell, Florida.

The Family Garden. Bell, Florida.

Tara locally sources as much of her ingredients as possible, with an emphasis on certified organic, followed by conventional when organic is unavailable. At our APGD After Hours event, for example, the strawberries and basil used in the minis came from Fresh 24, a green grocer located in the same plaza as P is for Pie. Fresh 24, for their part, picked up the strawberries from The Family Garden, a 25-acre certified organic, as well as Food Justice Certified, fruit and vegetable farm in Gilchrist County, Florida. So what guests got to sample were handmade pies, made from fresh locally sourced ingredients, procured from family run businesses.

Bicycle driven Compost Orlando.

Bicycle driven Compost Orlando.

During a tour of the kitchen Tara also explained what happens to left over food scraps. All compostable scraps are picked up every Saturday by Compost Orlando, then transported via bicycle to their composting station at APGD’s organic community garden. From there the scraps are naturally broken down, turned into rich soil, and added to the community garden. Thus much of the food goes from small Florida family farm, to P is for Pie, then to our community garden soil. Farm to table to farm again. A nice, sustainable loop.

Sustainable sweets.

Sustainable sweets.

Many thanks to Erica Abalos-Hernandez for helping organize this event, to Tipso Photo for taking event photos, to Tara for hosting and to everyone who came out that evening.

Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon. — jennifer