Baked fresh in a railroad station, Whistle Stop Bakery has something for all
"Who wants pie?" Lolly Turner said loudly to a small crowd gathering in front of her tables piled high with boxes of pie at the Darien Farmers Market. "I've got all kinds of pie to try."
From pecan to chocolate to apple and rhubarb, Turner has been selling pies for nearly eight years at the Darien Farmers Market while her bakery in the Ridgefield train station remains open for commuters.
"I've always loved baking," Turner said during a lull. "I was the oldest of five. I was making full meals and desserts by the age of 10."
Like many people, owning the bakery wasn't what Turner intended to do. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology New York University and was a clothing designer on 7th Avenue before growing tired of the commute into the city every day.
So she quit.
It's been 32 years since then, and Turner says she really loves what she does.
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"I've got a lot of friends here," Turner said after taking a few minutes to talk to a customer who spoke highly of her pies at the Darien Farmers Market.
And while the Boxcar Children may have been solving mysteries out of their railcar, it's nothing compared to what Turner has been doing out of an old railroad station in Ridgefield for the last 32 years.
Turner's shop is based out of the Branchville railroad station. Prior to her shop making its home there, the station commuter building was all boarded up and "dilapidated," Turner said.
After receiving approval from the town, Turner started business in the building. She has since completed three renovations on the building.
"We've completely opened it up to the commuters," Turner said.
Everything in the bakery is made fresh and with as many local ingredients as possible.
All sorts of pastries and bakery items are available, such as fruit, chocolate, chicken pot and hand pies; cakes; muffins; scones; cookies; brownies; and more.
At the bakery, Turner has people help in every process of pie making. There's someone to cut all the fruit and someone to roll and cut the dough.
"We do everything by hand, and it becomes very labor intensive," Turner said.
Though the pies require a lot of work, it's not so much as wedding cakes, something Turner said she's capable of doing, but would rather not.
"My place is just too small and it's too much stress," Turner said. "If someone goes into the walk-in fridge and just nudges it, you could have to start all over again."
The Darien Farmers Market is located in the Goodwives Shopping Plaza on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.