Northern Michigan Food: Grand Traverse Pie Co.’s Free Slice on Pi Day

Northern Michigan Food: Calling all Northern Michigan math lovers! In honor of the coolest mathematical day of the year – Pi Day, March 14 (3.14), Grand Traverse Pie Company has teamed up with Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), in encouraging Michiganders to celebrate math, education, and agriculture.

MDARD and Michigan Farm Bureau have partnered with the Michigan-based Grand Traverse Pie Company to commemorate Pi Day. As part of the statewide celebration of agriculture and education, every Grand Traverse Pie Company location will be serving up a FREE slice of Michigan fruit pie with any purchase during the entire day on Pi Day 3.14, Thursday, March 14th .

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535…With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Pi Day is the perfect time for educators and students to celebrate together, commemorating the importance of math in the classroom, from elementary to high school; students alongside their teachers are invited to salute math with a special celebration of Pi at the Grand Traverse Pie Company in downtown Lansing (200 S. Washington Square) where a large Michigan ABC Pie, topped with the official Pi Symbol will be presented to officials and students commemorating the day.

“We at Grand Traverse Pie Company are honored to help shine a light on the quality of both the agricultural bounty of our state and the important role that education plays within our state on Pi Day,” said Mike Busley, Co-Founder Grand Traverse Pie Company. “Only through Michigan’s superior fruits and crops can we make our wonderful pies. Furthermore, Denise and I would not have been able to craft these Michigan fruit pies into a growing business without the quality education we received in Michigan; both in the public school system and at Michigan State University. We are passionate about making a heartfelt positive impact on those we serve; our commitment is to make amazing pie with purpose through the bounty of Michigan agriculture; and our economic responsibility is to give and to grow by cultivating positive relationships – just as we are doing with today on PI Day with Governor Snyder and the Michigan Departments of Education and Agriculture and Rural Development. We hope to be one of our state’s most respected brands – making a difference in our Michigan communities centered on benefitting children.”

“Pi Day is a great opportunity to promote our state’s diverse agriculture industry, and we applaud Grand Traverse Pie Company for spotlighting Michigan farmers and the quality products they produce,” said Wayne H. Wood, president of Michigan Farm Bureau. “Our farmers produce every ingredient necessary for a great pie. We embrace those entrepreneurs who not only transform those ingredients into delicious food products, but who also help shed light on the agricultural riches we enjoy here in Michigan.”

Grand Traverse Pie Company is committed to celebrating Michigan. Grand Traverse Pie Company makes over 95% of its purchases from Michigan companies and promotes two of the State’s key ingredients – agriculture and commerce. Michigan fruit – cherries, apples, blueberries, sugar, and flour all come from our State’s growers and processors, and Grand Traverse Pie will drive nearly $20 million into the Michigan economy this year.

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