FITCHBURG — Community members took home more than cannabis products at Atlantic Medicinal Partners on Sunday — they were treated to free pies just in time for Thanksgiving.
“Given the crazy inflation, especially on food prices, we wanted to give back to our neighborhoods as a local business,” AMP Vice President Elizabeth Cieri said of the 1,000 pies total distributed at their dispensaries in Brockton and Fitchburg. “We hope this small gesture helps our neighbors during tough times…and are so excited to give back in this way.”
Karyn Greenawalt, human resources coordinator for the recreational and medical cannabis company, and receptionist Carrie Mills greeted everyone who walked into the Crawford St. location with a smile and asked if they would like a blueberry, pumpkin, or sweet potato pie from partner Table Talk, the recognizable Worcester based pie company.
“It’s been a tough year, it’s a good time to give out pies,” Greenwalt said. “People’s eyes light up. It’s just a little pie but it means a lot.”
Most people took them up on their offer, including one man who seemed surprised by the generous gesture.
“I’m so jaded with the way the world is these days,” he said before repeatedly thanking them for the pie.
It was only the second time the two women were seeing each other in person as Greenwalt works from home and Mills is there part-time. Greenwalt said one woman came in and picked up some pies for a local food pantry and Cieri divulged that the remainder of the 500 pies they had on hand in Fitchburg were picked up by Making Opportunity Count to be distributed to local families in need ahead of the holiday.
AMP opened its Fitchburg medical and recreational dispensary in 2020, which the Sentinel covered, and a recreational dispensary in Brockton last month. The cultivator, manufacturer, and retailer of premium cannabis is opening a third location in Salem next year.
“We have loved being a part of the Fitchburg community and are excited to be open in another Massachusetts town,” AMP CEO Steve Perkins shared in a press release. “We wanted to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to give back to the Fitchburg community, and to introduce ourselves to the Brockton community that we are excited to join!”
Cieri said the pies giveaways “went so great” and that “our team loved spreading joy all day.” Mayor Stephen DiNatale, who stopped by the event, praised the company for its outreach efforts and called it “a leading employer and community member” in the press release.
“We are grateful for their contribution to our great city,” he said.