Saturday, January 23 is National Pie Day and Grand Traverse Pie Company is planning something special in celebration. They are not only passing out free slices of pie with any purchase all day long, but they are also releasing their newest pie in their Michigan Fusion Pie series.

To no surprise, this new Apple Honey Pie is made in Michigan with Michigan fruit, handcrafted in all 15 Grand Traverse Pie shop locations. Pie lovers will get to taste these treats for the first time on National Pie Day, January 23.

However the sweetest part of this pie is that it is sweetened with Michigan honey.

“No sugar is in this pie. It’s all sweetened with honey from Sleeping Bear Farms, which makes it even more Northern Michigan,” says Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Margaret Alexander.

Sleeping Bear Farms in Benzie County is one of the nation’s largest producers of Star Thistle Honey. Their bees are hard at work, pollinating produce in Grand Traverse, Benzie, and Leelanau Counties, which made a partnership between Sleeping Bear Farms and GT Pie a perfect fit.

Margaret explains, “We are a Michigan-based company and we love Michigan businesses. It’s just another way to deepen our relationships with Michigan. So we’ve been doing Fusion Pies with other Michigan companies.”

In the past, the limited-released Fusion Pies have included a Chocolate Cream Pie with stout from Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewery, a Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Pie which was made with Jolly Pumpkin’s bourbon from Old Mission Peninsula, and a Red Wine and Blue Pie with Black Star Farms red wine.

“We’ve been having fun fusing Michigan businesses with Michigan products,” says Margaret.

Check out what all the “buzz” is about in Grand Traverse Pie Company’s limited-release of Apple Honey Pie when the first slice is served Saturday, January 23. Pick up a piece, mini pie, or 9″ pie at one of their locations, or get one delivered to your door.

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