Betty Carr, Mom’s Apple Pie

Betty Carr and son

On the edge of an 8-acre apple orchard, aptly located on the Gravenstein Highway in Sebastopol, sits Mom’s Apple Pie. Since starting business in 1983, Betty “Mom” Carr has seen some changes occur at her little pie shop. Mom began selling apple pies at the urging of her late husband, Harry, to supplement income from their Sonoma County apple orchard and roadside stand. In the beginning, Mom would bake and sell one apple pie per day. Now she offers a variety of 16 fruit and cream pies, and sells many more a day. However, one thing hasn’t changed — Mom’s homemade quality. In this Member Spotlight, we chat with Betty about her story and the importance of apples … and community.

Farm Trails member since 2016 | 4550 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol | momsapplepieusa.com 

How did you start your business?

I owe all of this to my late husband, Harry. He insisted we move North into Sonoma County and start an egg farm on our first property on Frei Road. We sold our eggs at our first business in Fulton called the Egg Basket and slowly moved to restaurants as we started Carr’s Drive-in in Forestville, where I made pies and moved to our location where we are today on Gravenstein Highway to solely focus on pies and our organic Gravenstein orchard. Since moving to Sebastopol, I grew to love the Gravenstein apple. I’ve always bought local to support my neighbors and friends. 

What do you do?
I grow organic Gravenstein apples and make pies. 

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Meeting customers and hearing how our pies or restaurants tie into their family and lives. It makes me so happy to hear about when/why they share my pies. I always hope it brings joy to all.

What do you value about being a member of Farm Trails?

Community. Since my husband passed, I’ve run the business with my son, and having others within our community to talk with, share ideas with, has always provided me strength.

What are your hopes for the future of your business and Sonoma County ag?

That we don’t forget our past. I recall driving down the Gravenstein Highway and seeing nothing but apples for miles. I know wine has slowly taken over, but I hope we don’t forget our precious apple.

What advice would you give to someone new to farming? 

Farming isn’t for the weak, but I have nothing but the fondest memories working side by side with my husband. It was long hours, but we were always together in it. If you have a strong partner, you can certainly do it together.

Photos by Lisa Rose