Good to Go Meat Pies opens new location in Lynden

Good to Go Meat Pies opens new location in Lynden

Owner Holly Bevan-Bumford with fresh pasties at Good to Go Meat Pies’ new location in Lynden at 305 Grover Street. PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

Owner Holly Bevan-Bumford with fresh pasties at Good to Go Meat Pies’ new location in Lynden at 305 Grover Street. PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

Good to Go Meat Pies has opened in downtown Lynden, marking a second location for the Everson-based business that specializes in pasties.

Owner Holly Bevan-Bumford, who has been serving the community her signature comfort food (pronounced pass-tee) for three years, decided it was time to think about expanding.

“We participated in the Lynden Farmers Market last summer and were well received with many folks asking if we would please think of having a place in town,” she said. “Entering our fourth year in business, we felt we had learned how to step up to more demand in our production kitchen and were willing to expand into a bigger town than Everson, but still have the advantages of a small town.”

With her husband’s construction skills and help, they worked together for two months turning the location “into an inviting place to stop in and grab a bite. Lots of hard work but well worth the effort,” she said.

The pasty, wrapped in a delicious pastry crust, is an easy-to-hold comfort food that contains meat and/or vegetables. Bevan-Bumford, who has family from Michigan, learned about old traditional recipes served to miners in the area who ate them for lunch; they would hold the crust edge since their hands were dirty and then throw the crusts away.

She thought this wrapped-up style of food would fit the community well, and has perfected her recipe (make sure you eat the crust) to include options such as beef, pot roast, chicken pot pie, jamaican jerk chicken, pork empanada, BBQ pulled pork, and veggie – all available both fresh and frozen.

In addition, soups are made from scratch, such as fresh rosemary potato leek and thai chicken, and desserts include  apple turnovers, blackberry crisps, cheesecake, pecan pie tarts and cookies.

Bumford enjoys using local ingredients when possible, and works with local farmers including Farmer Ben’s, Field of Greens, Hopewell Farm, Broadleaf Farm, Appel Farms, Cloud Mountain Farm Center and Fairhaven Mills.

Other products sold include the Everson-based Black Market Hot Sauce and Casey’s Coffee, as well as their own Good To Go Ty’s BBQ Sauce and Good To Go Pasty Sauce.

Bevan-Bumford has been happy with the response in Lynden so far.

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“Everyone is so nice and welcoming, it is very heartwarming. Lynden has many fun things to do and I like being in the older part of town – it fits with our traditional style of meat pies,” she said.

The building was once a horse livery, she added. “If you look in the cement as you come in the front door you can see they put in some little horse shoes to mark the spot.”

Bevan-Bumford is looking forward to the spring and summer events as well.

“We hope to have a presence again at the Lynden Farmers Market this summer as well as being at the Bellingham Farmers Market this season,” she said. “We just signed up to be feeding folks at the end of the Ski To Sea Race for the first time this year too.”

With her locations in Everson and Lynden, and vending at the farmers markets, Bevan-Bumford said she is grateful for the support and has had many visitors through word of mouth.

“I do feel fortunate that so many people recommend us to their friends… it doesn’t get better than that!”

Good to Go Meat Pies is located at 128 West Main Street in Everson and 305 Grover Street in Lynden. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also find Good to Go at the Bellingham Farmers Market each Saturday (opening for the season on April 4). For more information follow the Facebook page or visit www.goodtogomeatpies.com.

–Becca Schwarz Cole

 Published in the April 2015 issue of Grow Northwest

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Top Dish: Good to Go Meat Pies spreading the word about its tasty fare

Top Dish: Good to Go Meat Pies spreading the word about its tasty fare

By KIE RELYEA

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 15, 2014

T5 REVIEW GOOO TO GO

The beef pasty from Good to Go Meat Pies in Everson, which also is at the Bellingham Farmers Market for the first time this year.

KIE RELYEA — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

Name: Good to Go Meat Pies.

Location: 128 W. Main St., Everson (near Herb Niemann’s Steak House Restaurant) and, for the first time, at the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturdays (look for Good to Go’s booth on the side that faces Boundary Bay). 360-966-2400 and goodtogomeatpies.com.

The story of … Holly Bevan-Bumford calls her eatery Everson’s pasty shop, and she’s been working since opening in January 2012 to teach this part of the world about the portable, comfort food.

What we call meat pies are made in the tradition of the British pasty (pronounced pass-tee), which is a cooked pastry filled with meat and vegetables and crimped on one side.

The pasty is most often associated with Cornwall, England, and is said to have spread to different parts of the world with the migration of Cornish miners, including to northern Michigan. That’s where Bevan-Bumford’s family comes from and where the pasty is celebrated regional fare.

“There is so much folklore with this food,” said Bevan-Bumford, who grew up in Everson.

As for Good to Go Meat Pies, the name reflects the focus.

“I consider myself a pasty shop,” Bevan-Bumford said, “and we have other things that we add to it.”

Quick bite: Go the traditional route with the $7.50 beef pasty, which is considered the classic Cornish pasty. It is filled with Farmer Ben’s grass-fed ground beef (from Lynden) and onions, as well as cubes of potatoes, carrots and rutabaga.

The filling is savory and a little sweet, and is wholly satisfying. The crust is golden and flaky.

You could put on a dollop of Good to Go’s own pasty sauce – a sweet and tangy concoction created by Ty Cook, Bevan-Bumford’s nephew – but the beef pasty is perfectly delicious without it.

Side note: A small $3 bowl of Thai chicken soup is a rich offering of coconut milk, green curry for a little kick, crimini mushrooms, chunks of chicken, and slivers of red bell pepper for a splash of color.

Ambiance: Good to Go in Everson has a small seating area that is casual and comfortable. Or grab your food and go, or buy your meat pies at the Bellingham Farmers Market.

Extra serving: Not hungry for a pasty now? Order frozen ones and keep them for later. Good to Go also sells a veggie pasty. The restaurant sources its ingredients from local farms when possible, and its flour comes from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill.

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LET’S EAT: Good to Go Meat Pies

Holly Bumford prepares a meat pie at her new Everson location. PHOTO BY CAMERON DEUEL

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.

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