The Pitchfork Pie Stand at the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, opens for the season on Saturday, May 24, 2014!
We will be open these dates (Hours from 12 to 5PM):
MAY 24, 25, 25 (We will be open Monday, Memorial Day)
JUNE 14, 15 (Gothic Days Festival in Eldon)
JULY 4, 5 (We will NOT be open Sunday, July 6)
HOURS: Open 12 to 5, or until we sell out.
Located at 305 American Gothic Street, Eldon, Iowa. For visitor center and museum hours next door, click here.
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The Pitchfork Pie Stand is famous!
See us on ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY (“Larry vs. the Killer Bees” episode, aired May 15, 2013). Also see us on IPTV’s IOWA INGREDIENT (aired March 2, 2013). And watch our feature on CBS THIS MORNING (aired June 11, 2012)
Featured in the May 2012 issue of REAL SIMPLE
Named “Best of the Midwest” 2 years in a row (2012 & 2013) in MIDWEST LIVING’S Annual Travel Guide
Featured in the March 2012 issue of COUNTRY LIVING and on the front page of the LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 1, 2012
Beth teaches pie making classes year-round. Classes are held in the American Gothic House. Please go to our Pie Parties page to learn more.
Where is the Pitchfork Pie Stand located?
We are in Eldon, Iowa, in the living room of the famous American Gothic House. Click on this link to Google maps to get directions. Address is 305 American Gothic Street, Eldon, Iowa 52554.
Do you take credit cards?
YES! We now have a Square credit card reader to make it easier for you to buy pie, books, and “The World Needs More Pie” T-shirts.
Do you take special orders for pies?
We are not able to accommodate special orders, but you call ahead to reserve a pie. We hate to have you drive all this way and find we are sold out.
Do you sell organic, gluten-free, or sugar-free pies?
We make our pies with the freshest ingredients possible (we use only fruit that is in season, never canned or frozen) and use the minimal amount of sugar. Our crust is made with all-purpose white flour, butter and vegetable shortening. We try to offer a variety of pies but because our operation is so small we cannot offer pies for special dietary needs.
Do you ship pies?
No, sorry. We have found that pies don’t travel well by post. Why not instead take one of Beth’s pie classes and then you can simply make your own whenever the craving strikes!
Do you make pies for weddings?
Oh, we would love to be able to make pies for weddings, lots and lots of pies, small pies, big pies, pies stacked in a tier to imitate a wedding cake. But given all our pies are made in the tiny kitchen of the American Gothic House, we are not set up for high-quantity production. Here’s a creative alternative, however: For the bachelorette party or bridal shower, Beth can teach the group how to make the pies, then that group can make the pies for the wedding. It’s a win-win!
Do you make cream pies?
We too love a fluffy meringue-topped banana cream pie sometimes, but because of refrigeration requirements, our baking license only allows us to sell non-cream pies.
Why aren’t you open during the week?
While we would love to have the Pitchfork Pie Stand open daily, we are a tiny operation with just one oven. And when she’s not baking, Beth is busy working on her next book, writing her blog, teaching pie classes and doing public speaking.
We drove all the way from (fill in the blank). Can’t we just knock on Beth’s door and ask if she has any pie?
If the pie stand is not open, please respect the privacy of the occupant. And while your curiosity may be overwhelming, remember: you wouldn’t want people peeking in your windows. If it’s just a food fix you’re looking for, you may not find homemade pie, but try The Canteen Lunch in the Alley in Ottumwa for a loose-meat burger or the soda fountain at South Side Drug on Ottumwa’s Church Street for old fashioned thick milkshakes for only $1.75. Or try Chomy’s Bar in Eldon for the biggest pork tenderloin sandwich you’ve ever seen.
The pie stand is inside the living room of the American Gothic House, so why can’t we tour the rest of the house?
The pie stand was originally set up in the side yard of the house, but due to rain, wind, extreme heat, and the fact that bees love pie, it became much easier and safer to move the pie stand to a sheltered, climate-controlled spot. The house itself is a private residence, famous only for its exterior, and has never been open for tours. Again, please respect the privacy of the occupant.