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Business: Lindy’s Pie
Columbus Farmer’s Market,
501 Brown St.
When Lindy Martin retired from over-the-road truck driving in 2010, she became driven by another passion, baking. The self-proclaimed foodie introduced her old-fashioned baked goods to the Columbus Farmers Market in 2011. She said selling items “like what people have grown up with” is an absolute pleasure and “brings people closer.”
What do you sell?
Baked goods using old recipes and the finest ingredients. Some recipes are new ones, but the older things people seem to love the most.
What are some of your staple items?
Zucchini bread, lemon loaf and brookies.
What are brookies?
They’re brownies baked with a chocolate chip cookie in the middle.
What makes your items unique?
Everything is small, including mini-pies and cake-pops.
What are your most popular pie flavors?
Apple and cherry.
How long have you been making your goods?
I have always had a passion for baking. I call it my therapy. I am happiest with flour all over the kitchen.
How many hours do you spend prepping for the market?
About 14 hours a week. I spend all day Friday baking and I’m up early Saturday mornings to fry doughnuts.
Will you ever open a brick-and-mortar bakery?
I’ve always wanted a bakery, but I don’t like the hours. I commend anyone who will get up at 3 a.m. to bake.
Where do you get your recipes?
I read through old recipe books.
What do you like about being a part of the market?
I love making people smile. Meeting and talking with my customers is a joy.
What’s been one of your most memorable experiences participating in the market?
Men will grab something sweet, then walk off and turn around and say, “This is what my grandma used to make us.”
What types of conversations do you have with the shoppers?
Baking, sharing recipes and happy memories. People like to talk about growing up and what mom used to make them.
Do you think people are becoming more interested in locally produced items? If so, why?
Yes, very much so. Fresh ingredients have always been in my house. It’s a good feeling to buy from a local farmer, baker or artist and know where the item came from — to see the care and passion they put into it. Also, your money stays in the community.
Do you sell at other locations? If so, where?
I don’t sell anywhere else at this time. I cater weddings and special events.
Is this a hobby or more for you?
It’s a hobby gone wild. And I’m loving it.
What are your plans when the market ends for the season?
I have some bridal expos to take part in and a few weddings already booked.
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