2018 Pi(e) Day in numbers

…and photos. 

Pie Day Index (à la Harper’s)

2013, first Pi(e) Day on the farm

54 degrees and sunny

4″, amount of snow still in the front yard

23 pie enthusiasts

Almost 10 months and 2 years & 2 days, age of youngest pie enthusiast and age of second youngest pie enthusiast, respectively

4 people biked to the farm – with pies in tow (3)!

12 participants in the 3.14 mile walk/run

2.8 miles, actual route distance as measured by Dave’s gps thingy (thanks, Dave, we’ll fix this for next year!)

7 savory pies

10 sweet pies

≥ 5, number of pies featuring local ingredients (eggs, arugula, squash, apples, rhubarb – I may be missing something else?)

1 brand new pie – Excitement Pie! What happens when you take a Chocolate Silk pie on an exceptionally fun two-wheeled journey to the farm? It becomes Excitement Pie – the most delicious thing in, and out of, a pie shell you’ve ever eaten.

364 days until next Pie Day (…I suppose now it’s 362)

Infinite, amount of joy and gratitude felt by these two farmers.

… and here we go with Pie Day in pie charts:

A note on the pie phylum chart: Jeremy thinks they are actually orders. I’m pretty sure these are phylum and I like the way it sounds. Either way, it’s a kingdom of pie and that’s pretty rad.

Here are the Top Three Pies survey results:*some voted for only one pie. ** some voted for four pies. ***some abstained from voting because they liked them all. (; 

And, in summary, a few words from Alice Waters, because she put it best – “This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”

So much thanks, your farmers, T and J

Pi(e) Day Index, 2016

In celebration of irrationality, community, and deliciousness, we present to you 2016 Pi(e) Day, in numbers:

  • 3.14 mile run/walk loop from the farm (in truth, it may be closer to 2.96 mi)
  • 7 people walking, 1 immeasureably awesome umbrella, and 1 good dog with near infinite earspan
  • 17 pies; 8 savory, 9 sweet
  • 13 featuring locally grown ingredients (including, but not limited to, eggs, beets, honey, rhubarb, cherries, green tomatoes, Hidatsa Shield Figure beans, tomatillos, wine cap mushrooms, kale, shallots)
  • 5 gluten free
  • 1 featuring lambs quarters(!)
  • 1 jar of pi-ckles
  • 26 people, 5 of these = lil’ squirts, all cozied up in our little home
  • 2 months, youngest pie celebrant
  • 3, most generations together to celebrate pies
  • 5 people on the couch at one time
  • 0 empty chairs
  • 4 soggy wet tables, abandoned outside; approx. 16′ wet bunting
  • 0″ rain in gauge (psssh. clearly we need a new rain gauge)
  • 1 lost pair of rain pants
  • 3 dishwashers, tag-teaming
  • 2 exceptionally happy farmers
  • 364 days until next Pi(e) Day!

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A big, heaping thank you with whipped cream on top to all who were able to join us last night for our 4th annual Pi(e) Day transcendental merry makings! We feel honored and grateful to have had the time with you.

With full bellies and gratitude, your farmers, Trish and Jeremy

2015 pi(e) Day Index

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Key ingredients for a most delightful pi(e) day soirée: friends, feasting, and merriment. Thanks everyone for joining us in celebration of all things delicious and irrational! Here is an index for the evening:

3rd annual π/Pie Day at the farm
50 (ish) degrees, gusty winds

19 pies!

7 gluten free pies

1 vinegar pie?!

19 pie enthusiasts
2.5 years old, youngest pie celebrant

3 bicycles

1 nerf football

1 bowl of whipped cream

3 quarts of hot apple cider
7, rumored number of pieces of banana creme pie consumed by one young personOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPrint

pie day 3Heaps of good stories, fun conversation, and smiles. Once again, we’ve witnessed the mathmagical truth, that just as the ratio between a circle’s circumference and diameter is constant – so is the ratio between our levels of delight and the scale of enthusiasm, support, and engagement of our community.pie day


pi(e) Day Index


2nd annual π/Pie Day at the farm
50 degrees, sunny
23 people
4 happy dogs
4 years old, youngest pie celebrant
3.14 mile route
6 runners, 7 walkers
2 tandems, 3 bikes and a tag-a-long
2.5 trash bags-full picked up along the route
$189.77 raised for the Spearfish Bike Coop
13 pies!
1 big bowl of whipped cream
4 quarts of hot apple cider
1 car stuck in the mud, same 1 removed

…and some that can’t quite be quantified so easily: so much fun!, heaps of good conversation, delicious foods, merrymaking; and infinite thanks.morepieThank you, everyone, for joining us in celebrating pie, community, the Bicycle Coop, and wonderful, mathematical phenomena! We raised almost $200 in donations for the Spearfish Bike Coop, to help pay for rent on the workshop space and buy tools. Hooray! And we are continuously wowed by your culinary craftsmanship. Russian vegetable pie, salmon quiche, tamale pie, berry, apple, pecan… everything delicious.


Spring. Pie and guineas.


Hooray for pie! and pi! Big thanks to everyone for helping us celebrate such an important day and for your generous support of the Spearfish Bicycle Cooperative. There were a couple quiches standing tall for the savories, but sweet pies dominated. Get a hold of this line up: a smoked salmon and a chipotle mushroom quiche. Pudding pie, peanut crisp apple pie, ginger rhubarb pie, mocha creme pie, peach pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie. Whipped cream. And gluten free brownies. Mercy. So much fun to meet new people, tour around the farm, and eat. Thank you, friends. Cultivating community proves again the most rewarding part of farming.

Pi/e Day also inspired a furious bout of spring cleaning at the farm. We’ve decided that celebrating Pi/e Day should occur annually, if only to encourage us to tidy up after a long winter hibernation. It’s remarkable how piles of remay and tools, seeding trays and buckets seem to grow in corners when you aren’t looking.potato pruning

Our most favorite big, fuzzy Amelia came by for a quick visit last weekend. She and her man, Barton, helped us get started on pruning the fruit trees and put in our very first plantings in the greenhouse (early potatoes, radishes, arugula and spinach).

We planted a small field of barley, in the area where we had garlic last year. This area is thick with Creeping Jenny (I wrote a song about it). This year, our plan to deal with this is to get a good thick stand of barley which will germinate at a lower temperature than Creeper Jennifer and out compete it. As soon as the barley is harvested (mid- late June), we’ll 1-2-punch the Creeping Jenny with another smother crop, this time in the ring: Creeper Jennifer vs. the hometown favorite Sweet Potatoes. TKO. Take that, Jenny. We’ve never grown sweet potatoes before. They thrive in warm soil – and sweet potatoes in SoDak can be done as our good farming friends at Bear Butte Gardens demonstrated last year). By planting later in the season, soil temperatures will be welcoming for them, and hopefully we’ll have left enough time to get a good yield of potatoes. And we’ll keep up the cover crop punches, weeding out that creeping Jenny.

Already now the greenhouse is growing things. Little radishes, bold and determined. And, radix, seemingly ever so appropriate a beginning for a new greenhouse.

sprouts in greenhouse
The chickens have two new coopmates. Our wonderful friend and neighbor Holly brought over two birds last week. Guinea hens are fierce insect predators, excellent grasshopper and tick eaters, organic pest control. They are still acclimatizing to their new home and family. They seem pretty comfortable in the coop, although they did spend one night perched, sleeping up on the apex of our neighbors garage. It turns out they are even harder to herd than the chickens, and they will not be picked up. They are completely wicked looking and gorgeous, and they sing so sweet. We’ve named them Opal Fly and Annette Hanshaw after our two most favorite skrawnky jazz singers (if you’re interested, check out Ms. Fly and Ms. Hanshaw). Thank you Holly. Thank you, thank you.

Other fun bird news: a mottled java caught a snake the other day. That kept the whole bunch of them busy for the entire afternoon. It was a wily, tireless game of keep-away. No teams, every hen for herself. Blood thirsty pile-ups, flapping and screeching. Flex offense and fast cuts. The unnerving part is that they found a snake out and active in March – but as I’m writing this, it’s back down to twenty degrees and we are getting a good dose of snow. It’s March Madness is all.

Happy happy spring!

light-stressed seedlingsOh yes! and Cycle Farm was in the newspaper this week. Local farmers lobby for aid in D.C.