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Building a better pie with farm partnerships

How Achatz Pie is developing relationships with local growers to bring its customers the best pie possible.

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"Farm to Fork" is for many a trend; for Achatz Handmade Pie Co, it has always been a philosophical foundation for business.

Co-owner Wendy Achatz shares her farm partnership effort, kicked off this August, in her lifelong pursuit to secure only the finest and freshest produce from area farms in building customers, retailers and wholesalers the perfect pie. The following is an excerpt to this Michigan-wide outreach.

"Michigan growers who make an extraordinary effort to grow and produce healthy food for their communities resonates with the Achatz Handmade Pie Company (AHPC); as we spend a great deal of time and energy doing the exact same thing.

Our inherent responsibility to the communities we serve, drives our company to research, develop and create delicious pies, cookies, jams and jellies with only genuinely healthy ingredients. For over 25 years, we have remained committed and very mindful of every element we built our recipes and reputation on.

This strong sense of community extends to sourcing ingredients locally. As a Michigan grower, we invite you to consider becoming a local, sustainable source of our delicious, natural pies by providing your beautiful fruits, berries, vegetables, eggs and / or herbs. We think it would be a natural match!

AHPC has accredited manufacturing practices in place that are respectful to not only our employees and customers but to our business partners as well. We are very proud to be USDA certified; along with our level 2 SQF certified bake house, which earned a 97 percent score on our last audit.

We look forward to finding a natural match with you! Please contact our Operations Manager and SQF Practitioner Joann at jaustin@achatzpies.com to discuss this opportunity.

We are all about supporting local farms and families! This summer we entered into a partnership with Vanhoutte Farms located in Armada, MI. They grew a dedicated crop of 10,000 pounds of beautiful rhubarb for our strawberry / rhubarb pies with plans to increase crops in 2017. It's a win, win as Vanhoutte Farms has a guaranteed harvest and we have guaranteed product, that is sustainable, healthy and fresh. - Wendy Achatz, Co-founder

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