The making of MilkMade flavor #97, Purple Passion Pie.
Step 4: Now for the PIE part of Purple Passion Pie. See, that’s the whole point of this pint. Here’s where the inspiration came from:
We love to do a concord flavor every year, (last year was Monster Mash, before that, PBnJ). But this year, were at a loss for what to craft. Until research brought us to the Grape Pie Capital of the World - in Naples, NY!
Long before the current artisan food movement out of which MIlkMade spawned, there was a artisan movement of its own, upstate in Naples, New York. Story has it that one woman began baking concord grape pies out of her home, selling them on the side of the road and to a few local restaurants. Her husband skinned the grapes and she baked pie after pie, all day, every day in the two short autumn months that Concords are available. One year she made 18,000 pies!
Soon grape pies became a trend, with residents of Naples all making their own pies, setting up their own shop out of their homes and the trunks of their cars. (Sounds like Brooklyn around summer of 2010, eh?) And soon enough, Naples became known as the Grape Pie Capital of the World. Who knew!