When Michael and Barbara Turney opened their pie business in 1996 they had $76 to buy ingredients with and family recipes they considered priceless. “We made two or three pies at a time,” Michaels says.
In the beginning, Turney kept his day job as a meat cutter and delivered pies at night. Barbara hung onto her job as daycare worker and supplied the recipes. Both baked an ever-increasing numbers of pies – southern-style chess pies, chocolate fudge, sweet potato and pecan.
Roll forward 11 years. The couple’s White’s Creek-based business, Mama Turney’s Homemade Pies, is on track to produce more than 1 million pies this year.