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Meet Trailblazer Beth and Mathilda Burke and Aubrey Schwartz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth and Mathilda Burke and Aubrey Schwartz.

A couple years ago Aubrey and Beth were watching a show on PBS that featured small bakeries across the country that specialized in pie baking. The bakers seemed to be happily enjoying their lives, making a living doing something that brought joy to others in their community. This hit home with them and while watching Aubrey looked at her mom and said “We could do this.” and the rest is history! 🙂 Beth started taking baking classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Flour Bakery – a year after doing this she had truly perfected the pie crust. During the winter of 2017 Beth and Aubrey (with some help from the rest of the Burke clan) started going through the process of creating the legal aspects of Front Porch Pies (they got a DBA, residential kitchen permit, etc.) and also made a website and Facebook page.

They signed up for the Cohasset Farmer’s Market and made their big debut in May of 2017. They went with 20 pies, 20 pie pockets, some pie pops and left with nothing. It was a hit. From that point on they’ve been doing their very best to keep up with the demand. They managed to get through their first Thanksgiving and Christmas with making nearly a 100 pies for each holiday. All of this is being done in a normal, one oven styled kitchen… They’re all ready for a bigger space! 🙂 They’re currently hoping to find the perfect brick and mortar spot where they can serve fresh treats and breakfast items for locals. They want somewhere that people can come in, relax, enjoy a goodie and feel at home because at the heart of all of this is family – they are committed to this endeavor as a family and have grown closer because of it. Just this past June Mathilda decided to give up her 9 to 5 corporate job to come home and help make this happen; it’s an exciting time for them all!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Our biggest issue has been keeping up with demand, which is a good problem to have!

I just said to Mathilda last week, “It’s amazing to see what happens when women come together” and it’s so true. I co-own an online marketing company, Social Drive, in addition to being a part of this business with my sister and Mom, and I’m so proud to work side by side with so many driven and accomplished women. I’ve been part of establishing a successful company, run by women (Social Drive is run by myself and Kristine Resendes, and also has a team of 9 women) so I know what’s possible and truly believe that if the three of us continue to trust, motivate and love one another we can make this into something even more wonderful than it is now.

Also, it’s important to note that my mom is amazing haha 🙂 She’s been an incredible mother to five children, a dedicated partner to my dad who ran his own company for 20+ years (he sold it in 2015) and honestly deserves this. Front Porch Pies is a family run business but at the core of our family is our mom, and as her children we want to see her shine – it’s long overdue but this is her moment to shine.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Front Porch Pies – what should we know?
Here’s the day-to-day breakdown:
Sunday – Either at a farmers market/event or rest day
Monday – Rest day (or making dough)
Tuesday – Dough day – we make and roll out all the doughs for the week
Wednesday – Start making pies for the Thursday Farmers Market as well as orders that have been place for Thursday and Friday pickups.
Thursday – We are up early and spend all morning finishing making pies and pie pockets. Thursday afternoon Mathilda is selling at the Cohasset Farmers market and Beth is home prepping for Friday’s pies which we sell from our front porch from 4 to 6 pm.

In all we typically are making approximately 60 to 80 pies a week, and closer to 100 when we have an event on Sunday. This is in addition to 50 or so pockets.

As a brand we’re most proud of the quality of our product (we have a lot of repeat customers and some who even travel for our pies!), and also that fact that we’re family run. It’s us three women at the center of FPP but our dad, James Burke, he has been so integral to the decision making, branding and design portion of this endeavor. He also helps with the heavy lifting – setting up the tent at those markets can be tricky! 🙂 And Liv, our 11 year old sister, is also a huge part of this all. She helps our mom keep the house kept and makes an appearance at many of the markets (she’s pretty much adorable haha). Our brothers, Cullen and Jack, pop in on a regular basis to help with setups at markets and to test the products… a very important job ;P It just feels really nice to be doing it as a family – we’re close to begin with but this has brought us closer.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
Mathilda and I would both say our mom, Beth, is a total inspiration. Her life has not always been easy but she’s continued to support all her children and be our number one cheerleader. She honestly believes we’re capable of anything and everything which after a while, starts to sink in! 🙂

One of my mom’s inspirations is her grandmother Helen Larsen, who was always baking treats and goodies for the family. Some of the recipes come straight from her cookbook 🙂 And her own mother, Edytha Larsen, who inspired her to be a good person. The joy my mom gets from FPP is seeing others get excited and enjoy our treats – you don’t find joy in this unless you’re a good person! 🙂

For me personally, my business partner for Social Drive has been a source of inspiration, she’s able to be completely motivated, organized and business oriented while still being empathetic and understanding. As a woman in the business world I think the combination of these characteristics is lacking; you’re labeled as either solely driven or the “nice” one and Kristine’s natural ability to be both has been inspiring to me. I’ve carried so much of what I’ve learned with Social Drive over to Front Porch Pies.

Pricing:

  • 9″ pies are between $22 and $25
  • 7″ pies are between $15 and $17
  • Pie Pockets are $5

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Burke family photos

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