Climate change, supply shortages limiting the Thanksgiving pie supply

Climate change and extreme weather are crimping America’s pie supply, with many shops around the Bay Area booked for weeks, with supplies and prices for pies high.
Climate change and extreme weather are crimping America’s pie supply, with many shops around the Bay Area booked for weeks, with supplies and prices for pies high. Photo credit Getty Images

For some people, when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, it's pie or die!

However, climate change and extreme weather are crimping America's pie supply, with many shops around the Bay Area booked for weeks, causing supplies and prices to soar sky high.

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Pies have always been a staple of a Thanksgiving meal. Especially this year, as people are finally able to get together to celebrate and give thanks. But bakers have found it especially difficult to keep up with demand this holiday season.

Maggie Spicer, Chief Strategist for Bay Area based Pietisserie told KCBS Radio it's not just labor shortages; prices of natural ingredients like wheat, honey, berries and apples have all been hit hard by climate and weather effects.

"Getting the right ingredients from suppliers that have been go-to sources in the past have been cumbersome," she said.

Spicer said they had to stop accepting pre-orders at one point because the demand for pies were so high.

Pietisserie is a highly popular pop-up shop in Palo Alto, providing exquisite flavors and adding a modern take to traditional pies.