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Jun 5, 2008 09:47 AM

Beckmann's strawberry-rhubarb pie

I've passed by Beckmann's pies at various farmers markets because they are pricy ($9 for a small pie) and I never remembered reading anything about them.

The strawberry-rhubarb got to me so I splurged. This was a very good pie and probably one of the better pies of this particular flavor in the Bay Area.

There is a good, simple ingrediant list with no junk in it. The crust is buttery.Good ratio of filling with actual pieces of rhubarb and strawberry ... not gluey like some. On the box it says "fully baked, but bake me again for an amazing crust ... and it was excellent ... it brings out an extra butteriness ... warm strawberry-rubarb pie ... how good is that?

They remind me a little of Upper Crust a little, but better. I rarely buy Upper Crust. I'd buy the Beckmann's pie again.

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  1. How big is the small pie? Prices for full pies have definitely gone up. Last summer I saw $18-25 all the time now for quality pies. I imagine prices will go up more given the price of wheat and gas.

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    1. re: ML8000

      About similar in size to the small Upper Crust pie. The label on the box says 1lb 3oz.

    2. This is Beckmann's Old World Bakery? The lack of posts may reflect that it's in Santa Cruz and doesn't have a retail shop.

      Which Bay Area farmers markets? Googling I find the Sunday market at the San Rafael Civic Center, Thursday (?) in Livermore, and Saturday at Berryessa's in San Jose.

      Brendan's Bakery
      2341 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        El Cerrito. I see them here and there. It used to annoy me to see them at farmers markets since they sell at a lot of grocery stores. Raleys carries the bread. I've seen them at the Old Oakland farmers market and at one time they were at Jack London ... but I haven't been to that farmers market in years.

        They do have more available at the farmers markets, not just bread. A few weeks ago they had strawberry shortcake.

        I think they also have a place in Capitola. Nothing in terms of a bakery in the Bay Area .... only groceries and farmers markets.

        1. re: rworange

          All the bakeries I know that sell at both supermarkets and farmers markets offer a larger selection at the latter. Same goes for Primavera and Phoenix Pastificio.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          They are also at the Parkmerced farmers market on Saturdays from 10:00 to 2:00.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            They're also at College of San Mateo on Saturdays...

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Kensington on Sunday 10-2

              Kensington Farmers Market
              1568 Oakview Ave, Kensington, CA