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Transforming Grandma’s Pies into a Passion

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Photos by Leigh Weber
Photo by Leigh Webber

While attempting to choose between eight different shades of artificial food dye to color a Nebraska Cornhusker’s cake, Amy Robinette made a bold decision: to ditch the artificials and use fresh beets instead. The results, a delicious, chemical-free cake, changed this Charleston, SC, baker’s life.

Amy had always dreamed of starting her own sustainable, farm-based bakery. Soon after her Cornhusker’s cake epiphany she joined the Growing New Farmers program, taking classes and partnering with a local farmer to learn the industry. Today Amy grows several herbs and ingredients, and works with Charleston farmers to feature as many local products as possible in her new CSA, The Cake Farmer.

The Cake Farmer CSA blends new and old, original and traditional. Using classic recipes learned from her grandma and updated to incorporate fresher, natural ingredients, this atypical CSA does the work for you, transforming the raw ingredients into a decadent selection of sweet and savory baked goods, from which members can choose their order. Each week Amy bakes a variety of pies, from her favorite Pecan Pie to her newest savory addition, Butternut Squash Pie. And every true chocolate lover needs to try the new Salty Pluff Mud Pie, a classic chocolate chess pie revolutionized by the addition of locally harvested Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt.

Amy believes everyone should enjoy the simple, nostalgic pleasure of homemade pies. By joining the Cake Farmer CSA, members can enjoy fresh, all natural baked goods and connect with farmers around the city of Charleston. It’s as easy as well … you know.