The Pitchfork Pie Stand at the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, is closed. Thank you so much for your business over five fruitful seasons!
Missed out on the Pitchfork Pie Stand or craving one of Beth’s pies? Buy her new cookbook, “Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House.” All of her pie stand recipes are included.
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The Pitchfork Pie Stand became famous! (And then the business grew too big to sustain it.)
Watch this time-lapse video (showing only one hour out of the day) and you will see what we mean. I get tired just watching it! This doesn’t even show you the behind the scenes of cleaning, shopping, prepping, baking and more it takes to run a pie stand.
See us on ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY (“Larry vs. the Killer Bees” episode). Also see us on IPTV’s IOWA INGREDIENT. And watch our feature on CBS THIS MORNING.
Featured in REAL SIMPLE
Named “Best of the Midwest” 2 years in a row (2012 & 2013) in MIDWEST LIVING’S Annual Travel Guide
Featured in COUNTRY LIVING and on the front page of the LOS ANGELES TIMES.
Do you mean closed for the season or closed forever?
I started the pie stand “for fun” and it grew and grew and grew until we couldn’t contain it in this little house any longer. I’ve looked at many possible solutions to manage the volume (buy a commercial oven, bake off-site in a bigger kitchen, rent a store front), but first and foremost I am a writer and it was never my goal to run a pie business. My true mission is to encourage others to make and share their own homemade pie, as I believe the act of giving makes the world a better place. At the pie stand I was selling, not giving, and I’ve always been uncomfortable with that. Therefore the best solution — for me personally — was to stop doing the pie stand completely. So, yes, we are closed for good.
Does this mean you are moving out of the American Gothic House?
Heavens no! I LOVE living in the historic Iowa farmhouse. I’ve been here four years and just signed the lease for another year.
What are you going to do next?
After I give my house a good scrub and get all that pie dough out from in between the floorboards I am going to start on my next book. What? You didn’t know I was a writer? I’ve written two books. “Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie” was published in 2012 and my cookbook, “Ms. American Pie” (filled with essays, photos & of course recipes), was released April 2014. Both have made bestseller lists!
Do you still sell pies? Can we call and order one? Will you make pies for our special event?
Oh, thanks for asking, but no. I never took orders outside of the pie stand, and now I am not in the business of selling pies at all. Buy my cookbook or take a pie class from me and I will teach you how to make your own. I believe the world needs more pie. Especially homemade pie. I promise you, when you make your own pie and share it with someone and you will experience the win-win joy that comes from giving and sharing.