Take a walk through the past and smell the delicious Southern pies.
The Story of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop
Scott and Meredith Layton
The story of Buttermilk Sky begins with the maternal grandmothers of the owners, Scott and Meredith Layton. Both Ruth and Edith, two Southern ladies, one from Arkansas and one from Mississippi shared a spunk best described as “whiskey in a tea cup.” Known as much for their crazy sayings and firm beliefs as for their pies, biscuits, and preserves, these special women put a mark on the hearts of Scott and Meredith that will last a lifetime.
Scott had the privilege of growing up on a 1500 acre second generation farm in rural Southeast Missouri. His summer days were spent working in the garden, driving the tractor, and spending time in his Granny’s kitchen canning and sampling her fruit pies and preserves. It was here that he developed a strong work ethic and a taste for fresh handmade baked goods that would set the bar for quality at Buttermilk Sky.
Ruth O’Neal, Scott’s Granny
Scott learned all aspects of running the farm from equipment, to livestock, to crops and basic business and brokerage principles. He followed up his “farm raising” with a degree in Architectural Engineering and a 20 plus year career in Construction Management prior to going into the baking business. Scott’s attention to detail and passion for design has been a great asset to the retail build-out process of the Buttermilk Sky stores. When he isn’t working, Scott enjoys fishing with their sons, Bo and Tabb, watching them play football, and hanging out on the porch with his yellow lab, Gunner.
Meredith on the other hand grew up a city girl from Memphis, TN home of Elvis Presley and the birthplace of the blues. Memphis is famous for its BBQ and for the desserts that follow it. Memphians know a thing or two about pie, and her Nanny (Grandmother) was no exception to the rule. Nanny was known among friends, family and to many in the community as the “pie lady.” She was often seen toting her marigold colored Tupperware pie carrier to birthday parties, cookouts, reunions, and yes, even funerals. That old pie carrier must have had more miles on it than her Chrysler Lebaron.
Edith Berryhill, Nanny
Meredith describes her favorite times with Nanny, “My sister and I often spent Friday nights at Nanny’s house. Saturday mornings were always a treat. She made homemade biscuits cut with an old can. It was just the perfect size to make a petite three bite biscuit. If we were lucky, she would have a jar of her plum jelly to top them with and life was good.” In those weekend afternoons Meredith would help Nanny with her pies. While Scott’s Granny was an expert on making fruit pies using fruits from her orchards, Nanny’s specialties were cream pies and pecan pie. The idea for the Buttermilk Sky 4” Cutie Pies came from a child sized cast iron skillet that Meredith baked with along side her Nanny.
It is around the grandmother’s specialties that the Laytons built their classic pie menu; the fruit pies from Scott’s Granny and the cream pies and pecan pie from Meredith’s Nanny. They never would have guessed that their previous careers — Meredith a Speech-Language Pathologist and Scott in Construction Management — would have ended in the culmination of their childhood memories and entrepreneurial dreams in the form of a pie shop.
It is with great pride in our family’s time honored recipes and traditional baking methods that we invite you to enjoy the taste of Southern tradition, the taste of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. — Scott and Meredith Layton
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