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August 10, 2013

Area shop keeps food fresh, local

Pie in the Sky, a produce, ice cream and variety store, beckons visitors along Route 7 with its tall red silo, barn door entrance, summer deck with umbrella tables and playground. 

The store, which began as a vegetable stand, has changed over the years to include homemade Polar Bear brand ice cream as well as a variety of artisan cheeses and soaps, used books and movies, crockery, china, jewelry and seasonal Christmas trees and wreaths.

“As things changed, we rode with the tide and changed,” said Pie in the Sky co-owner Janet Powers. “When we first built this building, it was full of produce. But we found that we can’t compete with the grocery stores’ prices. They sell produce from all over for about what we pay the local farmers.

“But what we have is locally grown, in-season produce that we know is freshly harvested.”

Pie in the Sky is called an icon by many residents. Located on Route 7 in the town of Otego, many generations have relied upon the store’s freshly grown produce to enhance a meal.

“I have been getting produce from Pie in the Sky for years, I remember it when it was over at Cathedral Farms,” said Darlene Abajian of Butternuts. “I used to garden, and I know this produce is as fresh and as local as it gets.”

Powers said she has seen several generations of families come through the store.

“In a couple of weeks, we are going to the wedding of a girl who used to work here,” Powers said. “And my daughter babysits the kids of people who worked for us when they were kids. We are a family place.”

Powers and her husband, Jamie Potter, co-own the store. They grow much of the produce they sell on the organic farm behind the store. Other produce comes from local farms picked within a day or two of purchase.

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