Pineview Farms owner debuts new bake shop  

Renee Earle plans to expand business in the future 

EVART — For lovers of handmade baked goods and locally grown produce, the new shop at Pineview Farms has something for every taste and preference. The new bake shop on the farm has hometown roots and is locally owned and operated.

Located at 6679 20 Mile Road in Evart, between Barryton and Chippewa Lake, the new bake shop was born from the baking dreams of Renee Earle, a farmer and baker who graduated from Reed City Area Schools and has loved cooking all of her life.

“I grew up in Grant Center and I’ve been in food since I was 13,” Earle said. “I started cooking for the Commission on Aging, and started baking and selling at the Barryton farmers market. I did so well that I was curious what would happen if I added a couple of other bigger markets.”

“So, I quit my job and started selling in Mount Pleasant and Big Rapids as well as Barryton,” she added. “I’ve been wanting a storefront to have a place to sell at all year.”

The new bake shop offers homemade specialty bread, cookies, sweet bread, cinnamon rolls, and plenty more. A highlight of the store is the specially made gourmet popcorn that Earle makes with a special family touch.

Earle said she has goals to expand the produce and baked goods she offers in the shop and aims to work with other community business owners.

“My daughter and I started doing air-popped gourmet popcorn and selling at craft shows and that is also available in the store,” Earle said. “In the future, we are planning to offer local produce, and some crafts made by local artisans, and my granddaughter is one of those artists. I’m hoping to add more produce from local farmers, include and sell more crafts, and stay open all year.”

Some of the gourmet popcorn flavors available at the store include Doritos, buffalo ranch, mango chipotle, cinnamon toast crunch, and the bacon cheddar ranch.

Currently, the store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but will be changing their hours when the school year starts.

Earle said she feels her unique approach to baking gives her goods an edge and that she enjoys being able to get creative with her cooking.

“The one thing that sets me aside, I think, is I like to play with flavors,” Earle said. “You’ll find something here that you won’t find someplace else. I want people to see the personal touch of the store. I want them to feel at home and know that they are helping make a dream come true.”

“I absolutely believe supporting local businesses is important,” she added. “It’s the small businesses that make a community. I know my customers and what they like. It’s the personal touch you won’t find in a chain.”

For more information on the bake shop and daily specials and prices, check out the Pineview Farm & Bake Shop Facebook page at facebook.com/earlefarm.