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Scratch Seasonal Artisan Baking

Posted by DID 11 Nov 2009 7 Comments

Did you know there’s a pie CSA (well CSP – Community Support Pie) in Durham?

Scratch bakery sets up at the Durham farmers market on Saturdays and in addition to selling a variety of pies and baked goods, they run a pie CSP.

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To join, it’s $65 for four happy weeks of pies. You get to choose between three small pies or one large and whether you want sweet or savory. You pick up your pies at the farmer’s market on Saturdays.

If a $65/month pie habit is too rich for your wallet or waistline, you can still visit the Scratch booth on Saturday mornings and indulge in smaller quantities.

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We couldn’t resist a sweet potato/chorizo empanada and a buttermilk doughnut muffin. The doughnut muffin, more muffin than doughnut, was dense, sour and didn’t feel quite as indulgent as it sounds. It was good, but next time we’ll take it home and microwave it, versus shoving it down as we strolled the rest of the market.

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The sweet potato/chorizo empanada, heated in the oven as a pre-lunch snack, was incredible. But, it’s hard to go wrong with spicy chorizo and sweet potato wrapped in homemade piecrust.

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Next time, maybe we’ll try the chocolate sea salt pie or one of their stromboli.

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Here’s the email from their site if you have questions or want to join the CSP:
phoebelawless@mindspring.com

7 Comments »

  • Linda said:

    I did the CSP last year; I only received three weeks of my share due to a ambiguity in their ‘order’ policy. (Specifically, you MUST notify if you are not picking up one weekend – something that was not communicated by her assistants during my first pickup.) No problem, my fault – I ‘ate’ the cost, but suggested Phoebe might want to clarify her instructions to subscribers in order to prevent any future confusion for others. No response, and subsequent subscriber emails did not take my suggestion into account.

    So aside from that, we do find Scratch (and even Farmer’s Daughter) verge on the more expensive side. Five dollars for a 4-inch galette (small pie); two dollars for each doughnut muffin (2 inch diameter). Delicious, yes, but you do pay much more to support this type of local business.

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  • ACW said:

    “sweet potato/chorizo empanada”?! I’m intrigued.

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  • Zach said:

    The strombolis (strombolii?) are epic, though completely unlike any other stromboli i have ever eaten. Scratch breads are great too. The garlic cheddar from last week is my favorite thus far.

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  • marsha said:

    i love the peanut pie, and the savory pie made with anchovy bread crumbs is the bomb!

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  • Julie Humphrey said:

    The gingerbread made with Full Steam Brewery’s stout beer is fantastic! I am a huge fan of the doughnut muffins and really everything that they bake. Yum!

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  • Scratch | Carpe Durham said:

    [...] probably seen the long lines that form at Phoebe Lawless’ Scratch stand (CD wrote about her Pie CSA almost a year [...]

  • Mark said:

    Can’t wait to attend the next one.

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