Mar 1st, 2012
by Cameron Deuel
Holly Bumford, the owner of Good to Go Meat Pies, is excited about her new business. “I just wanted to do something different,” Bumford said. “I have two grown-up kids and I thought it was time to try something new.”
Holly Bumford prepares a meat pie at her new Everson location. PHOTO BY CAMERON DEUEL
Bumford, who worked as a house cleaner for 20 years, said she noticed through her experiences how active families are in need of quick, healthy meals. “At first I wanted to start a home delivery service,” she said. “But I needed a lot of permits in order for that to happen and it seemed very daunting.” The logical step was to find a storefront for her business. “I wanted to start a business where I could interact with people and my journey led me to Everson.”
Her husband, Bo, built her kitchen and they finished putting their store together about five minutes before opening in January.
Good to Go Meat Pies offers what Bumford calls “a variation of the classic Cornish pastry.” The Michigan native noted how the Cornish pasty was the primary lunch for miners in the 1800s and 1900s. Similar to a pot-pie, a Cornish pasty is rolled on one edge to form a crust, like a handle. The miners held the handle while they ate, so as to not ingest any of the dirt on their hands.
“It’s the ultimate comfort food,” she said. “Once customers try a meat pie they’re hooked.”
Good to Go Meat Pies can be purchased hot, cool, or frozen, and are available in four varieties. Bumford said they’re working on new recipes for the future.
In addition to the meat pies and homemade soups, the store offers local goods such as Black Market Hot Sauce and Casey’s Coffee. Also, Bumford said, the nearby Field of Greens farmstand will provide a prepackaged salad mix in the spring. Bumford likes to speak to customers about the importance of using local ingredients. “I have strong feelings about it, especially after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” she noted.
The store posts information about local businesses for their customers to become more informed about the ingredients they use.
“We’re extremely grateful for the attention and I’m thankful for the people who’ve stepped up to help me,” she said. “Right now I’m just trying to keep up with the demand and trying out new recipes.”
Good To Go Meat Pies is located at 128 W. Main Street in Everson. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 .m. on Saturdays. Call (360) 966-2400 or visit www.goodtogomeatpies.com.
Article published in the March 2012 edition of Grow Northwest magazine.