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Leah Gajderowicz successfully launched her Pied Out baking business two years ago, and a brick-and-mortar was the next step to share her baked creations.

Gajderowicz, who was raised in the Delanco, Riverside area, has made the right moves, it seems. Despite an ongoing pandemic, she has managed to do well. Her cozy Delanco-based bakery and café opened about nine months ago.

And, with Thanksgiving around the corner, Gajderowicz will be busier than ever, getting her holiday pie orders met.

Are you ready for these pie flavors?

Dulce de leche banana cream. That’s a mouthful to say, and probably a devilishly inviting pie. There is apple crumb, apple-cranberry crumb, salted caramel and double chocolate, chocolate-bourbon pecan. Then there’s pumpkin cheesecake and cinnamon toast cheesecake.

All the pies are $26 and have add-on features such as candied pecans, bourbon whipped cream and caramel gingerbread sauce.

“For Thanksgiving, our No. 1 seller will probably be our pumpkin cheesecake,” she added. “A lot of people also like the Dulce de leche banana cream. That’s definitely a favorite. Then the apple crumb, everybody likes that one.”

“We’ve been still doing pretty good. We’ve had some slow periods during summer but nothing where I was super concerned. We’ve been able to keep up with more things. We haven’t been selling out so fast. I’m just kind of getting into the swing of things. We got more refrigerator space and rearranged the kitchen.”

The Delanco resident remains excited about being able to offer something a bit different to her community. She also sells fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches, pastry tarts, quiche, soups, biscuits, brownies cookies and cupcakes … and pot pies. In fact, the latter is her most popular.

“People definitely go crazy over the chicken pot pies,” Gajderowicz shared. “I get calls every single day, ‘Are you sure you don’t have chicken pot pies?’ ”

But for the next few weeks, it’ll be all about the sweets.

Pied Out is located at 538 Burlington Ave. in Delanco. The phone number is 609-500-4909. To order pies, you can call or visit the Pied Out Facebook page where an online order link will be posted.

Here are some other South Jersey places to get your holiday pies:

Anita’s Pies at Joe’s Farm Market and Garden Center, Galloway

Sometimes some of the best things are nondescript places right under your nose.

Joe’s Farm Market is located off the White Horse Pike with proximity to the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.

Anita’s Pies are fresh, homemade and come in a variety of flavors. They are baked by Joe Fichetola’s sister Lisa Monaco. The pies are named for their mother Anita Fichetola. All three family members are owners of the business.

“It’s all homemade crust from scratch, everything’s from scratch,” Monaco said. “They’re our mom’s recipes. She’s a really good cook. She’s 89 years old. I make them now.”

Apple, cherry, cherry apple, pumpkin, coconut custard, Key lime, Italian ricotta cheesecake and pecan are the flavors available this Thanksgiving.

Orders should be placed now and are usually picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The pies cost $19.99.

“Last year we sold about 500,” Monaco added. “We have a pretty big following. A lot of people come back. I think it’s mostly the homemade crust.”

Go: 171 W White Horse Pike, 609-652-8515; Joes-Garden-Center-172908906116776

Bertuzzi’s Farm Market, Milmay

While the farm market technically closes for the season in mid-November, they take pie pre-orders for Thanksgiving.

This holiday, apple, caramel apple walnut, Dutch apple, Fruit of the Forest, blueberry, peach, pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan. They also offer a pumpkin roll.

Fruit of the Forest is generally made with apples, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries but can vary.

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Pumpkin is one of the most popular, but the caramel apple walnut might be a close second as well as apple. Peach and blueberry are two other favorites. Take your pick. The average cost is $14.95.

Sometimes extras are made, but customers are encouraged to pre-order their pies over the phone. Pick ups are generally available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The farm market is family owned and has been in operation since 1946.

Go: 831 Tuckahoe Road, 856-691-6779; bertuzzismarket.com/

Constellation Collective, Collingswood

While Constellation Collective is no longer a brick and mortar business on Haddon Avenue, the former cafe and bakery will be making pies for the holidays.

Branded under Lil Coco, the culinary magic of this collective will offer pies (strictly first-come, first-served) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Endgrain Coffee Roasters, 10 Pitman Ave., Pitman; Triple C Angus, 110 Old Salem Road, Pilesgrove, or Chompky's, 1 E Mantua Ave., Suite A, Wenonah. Pies also will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Endgrain Coffee Roasters in The Factory, 13 Fern Ave, Collingswood.

Flavors offered include: roasted pumpkin, salted honey, pecan and apple crumb.

Lil Coco also will sell a limited number of Black Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Winter Shortbread and buttermilk biscuits. 

At presstime, owner Valentina Fortuna had not set prices for the season, but said the range of their offerings will be $12-$32. 

No orders will be accepted.

Go: Follow Constellation Collective on Instagram for updates and future availability: instagram.com/constellationcollective/

Jim Main’s Bakery, Vineland

Cinnamon buns, Danish pastries, muffins, pizza. They’re known for it all.

This family-owned Italian bakery and pizzeria gets it done.

Pies are another specialty and they’ll offer a variety of flavors this Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin, apple, coconut custard, an assortment of fruit pies, sweet potato, pecan, lemon meringue, banana cream are among the offerings this year.

All of the 9-inch pies are $13. The sweet potato and pecan are 10-inch and cost $19.

Pumpkin is the most popular pie at Thanksgiving, the owners said.

Go: 343 S. Delsea, 856-691-1748; facebook.com/jmainsbakery

Johnson's Corner Farm, Medford

 Known for its hayrides and fruit and vegetable pickings, Johnson’s Corner Farm has long been known for its bakery, too.

Those cider doughnuts are fall favorites, but those pies keep people coming back. So do the chicken pot pies.

For Thanksgiving this year, it has “Pies for Promise week” from Nov. 13 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If customers buy a pie flight, support goes to UrbanPromise, a nonprofit whose mission is “to equip Camden’s children and young adults with skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership.”

Pie flights are being sold for $6.95 and $5 will be donated from each sale to support the UrbanPromise Thanksgiving meal program.

A pie flight is a sampling of six different types of pie.

Of course, customers also can purchase whole regular pies as well. The website lists “five kinds of apple pies,” pumpkin pies, fruit pies and mixed berry pies.

If pie is not your thing, there are other offerings including cookies, those cider doughnuts, pumpkin bread, pound cake and more.

Go: 133 Church Road, 609-654-8643;

http://johnsonsfarm.com/

McMillan’s Bakery, Westmont

The landmark business was established in 1939 and sits on the corner of Haddon and Strawbridge avenues.

It’s legendary in the area for its signature cream-filled doughnuts, as well as its other pastries and cakes.  

But it’s the time of year where pie is the thing, so, of course, they do an impressive assortment of those, too.

Pumpkin, regular apple, French apple, caramel apple walnut, cherry, lemon meringue, blueberry, mincemeat, Key lime, banana cream, chocolate cream, coconut custard, pecan pie, are the pie offerings for Thanksgiving. Most cost about $19.65.

The fruit pies are either crumb or double-crusted.

The sooner you get your order in, the better. Pie orders are usually taken until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Go: 5 Haddon Ave., 856-854-3094; mcmillansbakery.com/

Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Cafe, Hammonton

Driving down Route 206, towards the shore, the bright, red barn with the huge windmill is hard to miss.

The 120-year-old barn once housed farm stock and later served as a packing house for tomatoes, peaches, apples and other produce.

The staff is small but is able to keep up with the pie demand, even at holiday time.

All are made by hand and normally created ahead of time and frozen unbaked. The pie is then baked right before the customers come to pick up their orders.

This year, they’ll offer pumpkin, sweet potato, pumpkin ricotta, peach ricotta, pecan, pecan orange-cranberry, duxeberry, apple double, apple crumb, apple cranberry, apple cherry, apple blueberry and a multi-fruit pie at holiday time. Most of the pies are 9-inch and cost $28.

It’s a good idea to get your orders in early. This café is a popular stop for travelers.

Go: 391 US-206, 609-567-3412; penzaspies.com/

Pie Lady Cafe, Moorestown

Owner Christine McHale’s café is a destination location year-round, but the holidays take it to another level.

Her business is housed in a converted Victorian home, along picturesque Main Street. An expansion a year ago converted a closed dentist’s office on the other side of her business, allowing her to add a separate dining room, expand her kitchen area and launch a breakfast and lunch menu.

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But pie is in the name and pie is her game. Up to 1,000 pies were made last Thanksgiving.

The café generally offers 10 pies that are standard on the menu and made daily. But they also offer seasonal pies to boot, using fresh fruit from the area, such as local peaches.

The most popular pie year-round is apple crumb. This Thanksgiving the pie lineup includes: apple crumb, traditional apple, French apple, cranberry apple, mixed berry, blueberry, cherry almond, cherry, pecan, chocolate pecan, key lime, coconut custard, chocolate chip, pumpkin.

Pie prices range from $27 to $30, a few dollars more for the gluten-free, sugar free and vegan options.

You can call to place your orders or stop in the café.

Go: 9 East Main St., 856-778-7437; facebook.com/pieladycafe

Red Eagle Produce & Ice Cream, Woodbury

Imagine being known for soft-serve ice cream in the warm months, but year-round being known for soups and …. pies. That’s some versatility for you.

Red Eagle Produce & Ice Cream opened in 1990. The first pies were sold in 1991, and that business picked up steam quickly through word-of-mouth testimonials, a previous Courier Post story said. Back then there was one small oven. Today, there are at least four ,and during the week of Thanksgiving, those ovens have baked up to 80 pies an hour.

Choices for Thanksgiving include: apple with a plain top or apple crumb, pumpkin, coconut custard, apple caramel nut, blueberry/peach crumb, cherry crumb, and a five-fruit crumb. Pies are 10-inch and cost $15.50.

It’s recommended you order and prepay while they’re available. Orders are going fast.

Go: 555 S. Evergreen Ave., 856-845-8468; facebook.com/RedEagleProduceIceCream

Sunflour Cafe, Mount Laurel and Medford

Owner Maggie Alfinito opened a second location of her popular bakery last year, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

That Main Street Medford site is a prime location, just down the street from The Feed Mill at Medford Village, which recently opened.

Apple and pumpkin are among her best sellers this time of year. Alfinito gets all of her apples from Jersey farms for freshness and uses more than one variety of apple in her pies.

The apple and pumpkin normally top another customer favorite – the caramel cheesecake – during Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin, apple, pecan, mixed berry crumb, traditional cheesecake, salted caramel and pumpkin cheesecake are the offerings for Thanksgiving.

The 10-inch deep dish pies range from $20-$22, while cheesecakes go from $30-$32.

Gluten-free and vegan pies are also available for an additional $10. Sunflour will take pie orders until Nov. 21.

Go: 3131 NJ-38 (Suite 8), Mount Laurel and 32 N. Main St., Medford; 856- 242-3121; 609-975-8169; sunflourbakeshopnj.com

Sweet T's Bakeshop, Haddonfield  

Chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Sounds delectable.

“Our chocolate bourbon pecan is one of the best-selling pies! Of course, apple crumb being the top seller, but the chocolate bourbon is unique,” said Sweet T’s co-owner Chrissy Dalton in an email. She co-owns the business with her sister Toni Moshen.

Pumpkin, apple crumb, Mile High apple, apple cranberry lattice, chocolate silk and classic pecan are the other choices this Thanksgiving. The pies range from $16 to $35, with that bourbon chocolate being the most expensive. Their cheesecakes are also big sellers.

“We love Thanksgiving,” Dalton added. “It really keeps us on our toes with both organization and extreme ‘pie-ing’. We have to do our normal decorated birthday cakes but add on a whole other menu and fit it on in neat stacks up front. It is nerve-wracking but seriously fun!”

There also are cakes, tarts, and turkey cupcakes and holiday trays with an assortment of cakes, cupcakes and more. Gluten free and vegan options are also available.

Sweet T’s celebrates its 10th anniversary on Dec. 7.

Go: 14 Kings Court, 856-428-0222; sweettsbakery.com/

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe, Swedesboro

Sure, Danish, muffins, croissants, cakes and doughnuts are much sought after at Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe, but we’re talking pies.

Caramel-apple walnut with crumb top seems to be one of the customer favorites at holiday time, although a traditional pumpkin pie is usually its best seller.

Their pie lineup is impressive: apple, cherry, cherry apple, blueberry peach, multi-fruit, cranberry apple, blueberry, peach plus others. The fruit pies will either be lattice or crumb topped this year.

Some people favor cream pies. They’ve got that, too. Boston crème, chocolate or banana.

And if not pie, choose from pumpkin cheesecake, turkey-themed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Pre-ordering by Nov. 20 is preferred. 

Go: 1302 Kings Hwy., 856-241-7722; sweetsborobakery.com

Celeste E. Whittaker is a features reporter for the Courier Post, Daily Journal and Burlington County Times. The South Jersey native started at the CP in 1998 and has covered the Philadelphia 76ers, college and high school sports and has won numerous awards for her work. Reach her at 856.486.2437 or  cwhittaker@gannettnj.com

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