FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Want to be the hit of your next picnic or backyard bash? Bring pie!
This is the time of year, after all, when thoughts turn to roadside stands, farmers markets and home-baked goodness, in particular, the flaky, fruity goodness of a seasonal pie.
So, grab a fork -- and your wallet -- and indulge in a pie pilgrimage. Feel free to add any favs we've missed on our Facebook page or in our Comments section.
American Pie Company, Sherman : Key lime, banana cream and apple are just of the pies available at this Sherman institution - -in business since 1993 -- where crusts are made from scratch. Grab a Fork: 29 CT-37, 860-350-0662.
Aux Delices Foods, Darien, Greenwich, Riverside, Westport: There's almost nothing you can't find at this gourmet store where pastries are a mainstay of what they offer. You can even get a gluten free apple pie. Grab a Fork : 203-698-1066 for Riverside; 203-622-6644 for Greenwich; 203-662-1136 for Darien; 203-557-9600 for Westport.
Beardsley’s Orchards, Shelton: You'll smell them before you see them: farm-fresh pies that bring a taste of the country to your table. Among the pickings: Apple, apple crumb, peach, pecan, fruit-n-berries, blueberry and strawberry rhubarb. Grab a Fork: 278 Leavenworth Rd., 203-926-1098.
Michele's Pies, Norwalk: The pie menu is forever changing to keep up with the seasons, though everyone wants the signature Chocolate Pecan Bourbon year-round. Fruit pies run rainbow spectrum and include blueberry blackberry crumb, cherry, apple raspberry, peach, apple cranberry, apple crumb and more. Grab a Fork: 666 Main Ave., 203-354-7144.
Oronoque Farms, Shelton : Known for its apple and apple crumb -- the two took honors as "best in the state" by Connecticut Magazine, the farm mixes it up according to the seasons. Expect key lime in the summer; peach, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb and peach crumb. Grab a Fork: 188 Leavenworth Rd., Route 110, 203-925-4237.
Pie Baby, Fairfield: This online bakery business, created by two Fairfield moms, can be found at the Black Rock Farmers Market as well as by calling and ordering. The two women -- both moms -- rely on the recipes they grew up with, ensuring a homey taste in every bite. They only use fresh ingredients and are constantly in development of new and creative flavor combos. Grab a Fork: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-433-7678.
The SoNoBaking Company, Norwalk, Darien: Artisan baked goods done with love and passion are on the menu here where you'll find apple, apple crumb, blueberry, pecan and more available for your tasting pleasure. Grab a Fork : 101 Water St., South Norwalk, 203-847-7666; 49 Tokeneke Rd., Darien, 203-309-5401.