Let’s face it: We can’t all be Martha Stewarts. Between perfecting a homemade crust to making sure the filling doesn’t sink, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts. Introducing three spots for purchasing your Thanksgiving Day pie in Des Moines. (And yes, we promise they all have pumpkin.)
Feeling fruity this Thanksgiving? Iowa Orchard has you covered. The Urbandale-based business is best known for their flaky, golden crust and mouthwatering fillings: Dutch Crumb Apple, strawberry-rhubarb, Southern Missouri Peach and more. Enjoy one of two Thanksgiving specials, both of which can be ordered online. Nov. 21-24: Pre-order two frozen pies, get one 1/2 price pie (baked or frozen). Nov. 25: Pre-order three pies (baked or frozen), get one 1/2 price frozen pie.
Find it: 9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Helpful smiles aren't the only thing Hy-Vee is good at. For a darn good pie, head to your nearest Hy-Vee Bakery. Not only are they downright delicious, but they’re affordable, too. At no more than $13 a pop, you can stuff your face with favorites like banana cream, Southern Baked Pecan and French Silk. Make things extra easy for yourself, by dropping by during your Thanksgiving Day grocery hunt.
Find it: various locations
Hours: varies by location
You can’t go wrong with a pie from Baker’s Square. With flavors like Pumpkin Supreme, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and French Apple Cream Cheese, it’s no wonder their pies are award-winning. Bonus: If you like free pie (because, um, who wouldn’t?) hit up Baker’s Square on Wednesdays to receive a free slice when you purchase one menu item from 10:30 a.m. to close. Pre-Thanksgiving taste test, anyone?
Find it: 1310 NW 114th St, Clive
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday