Growing up on a family farm in Concord, Pam Palumbo Templeton learned the value of growing and eating fresh produce from her father, Joe, and enjoyed the fresh fruits of her labor in the pies her mother, Aleksandra, would make on weekends and special occasions.
Her mother has since died, but her legacy lives on in Pies From Kitchens Past, a startup pie business Templeton launched in 2011 using Aleksandra’s original recipes from the 1940s.
Templeton has built upon her mother’s foundation by incorporating organic ingredients into those original recipes and selling lightly sweetened fruit and butternut squash pies direct to customers and from local farmstands, like Hutchins Farm here in Concord.
Now she’s looking to take the next step with Pies From Kitchens Past, which produces pies in a certified residential kitchen.
Templeton has started a GoFundMe campaign to help fund her ongoing kitchen certification, including the Massachusetts Food Protection License, ServSafe Food Management, liability insurance and beyond.
For more on Pies From Kitchens Past, check out the video above. To make a donation, visit Templeton’s GoFundMe page.