Laveen Village, Feb. 27, 2019 – What’s the best way to celebrate Pi Day? With PIE, of course. You won’t need any fancy math formula skills to enjoy famous made from scratch pies from Amadio Ranch on March 14, celebrated annually as Pi Day.
“We’re all about making pies from scratch,” says Eric Amadio, who owns and runs Amadio Ranch with his wife, Christina, and their teenaged son and daughter. “We think all holidays should include pie, and definitely one called Pi Day!”
Pi Day originated more than 30 years ago to pay homage to pi, the infinite mathematical number that represents the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. (Pies are circles – another reason to eat pie on Pi Day!)
Physicist Larry Shaw started the celebration in 1988. He chose March 14 because the numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi. The date also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Eric and Christina note that everyone at Amadio Ranch is working feverishly as pie orders are coming in for their 11 different pies, including peach, apple, strawberry rhubarb and more. Orders will be delivered on March 14 to Divined Gourmet in Chandler, Zesty Zzeeks Pizza in Ahwatukee and Gilbert/Chandler, and at the farm in Laveen.
Christina said that all pies are made with simple ingredients such as flour, oil, milk and salt. Fillings include fruit with sugar, flour, lemon juice and wholesome spices.
When the family isn’t busy getting ready for Pi Day, they are working on their peach farm in Laveen. Their farm store is a frequent stop for local residents looking for fresh produce – often picked that morning – at their stand, which is open daily from 7am to 7pm.
Even if you can’t make it to their Laveen location, you can still get their fresh produce and pies around the Valley. The Amadios bring the ranch to you with their mobile farm trucks at several area farmers’ markets in Phoenix, Tempe and Ahwatukee.
Find them Saturdays at Uptown Farmers Market, 5757 N. Central Ave. from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., from 8 a.m. tile 1 p.m., every Sunday at the 6th Street Market in Tempe from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and every Friday in Ahwatukee from 3:30pm to 6:30pm in front of the Century 21 offices at 3930 E. Chandler Blvd, Phoenix.
Established nearly a decade ago, at 4701 Dobbins Road, the ranch is a heritage farming venture, employing a traditional, small-family farm approach, emphasizing sustainability and all-natural farming techniques.
The farm produces heirloom vegetables, including vine ripe tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, peppers, non-GMO sweet corn, carrots, beets, gourmet onions and garlic.
There are also apricots, apples, pears, plums, figs, grapes, and peaches, of course. Enough produce, in fact, to supply nearly 80 percent of the family’s needs and offer true farm-fresh produce at the family farm stand.
ABOUT AMADIO RANCH
Amadio Ranch is owned by Eric and Christina Amadio in Laveen, AZ. The family has rural roots in the Midwest, but are now firmly planted in Arizona. With a deep love of the farming life, the couple and their family have grown a local treasure in the Southwest Valley. Learn more at