By now, you’ve heard the stories of a woman in the Pigeon Forge, a man in the Mojave Desert, a woman who found herself in a world where everything was made from scratch.
What’s not so well known is that in the world of Piedon, everything is made from the ground up.
The Piedons are the only family who make their own cuisine.
“We make our own flour, we make our whole grains, we have a lot of organic food and we use our own minerals,” says Glyn, the mother of eight.
“That’s the only way we can be sure we’re not using any pesticides or chemicals.”
Glyn’s father was an artisanal butcher, and he’s a member of the Pinedos.
“My father is the only one in the family who actually makes bread,” she says.
“He’s the breadmaker.
He makes his own bread.”
For the Pino, the journey to making their own food took a long time.
“I remember that I didn’t even know what Piedo was,” Glyn says.
Her father, a farmer, would go to his fields to gather the necessary ingredients for his food.
The family would then go to a market, where Glyn and her brothers would buy all the ingredients from local farmers.
“It was just like any other family,” she said.
“If we wanted something, we would go and buy it from them.”
As they grew up, Glyn worked as a nurse and as a domestic help.
“When I was little, my mom had to work in the fields,” she recalls.
“She would take care of the livestock, and I would help her.”
Eventually, Gyn had enough to buy a small house in Piedonia.
“So when I was 17, I started a business and went to school,” she recalled.
“Because my mother didn’t have enough money, I had to help my father, and that’s when I started my business.”
Gyn also made a lot more money as a woman, selling clothes to upscale shops.
“The clothes I made for men were very expensive,” she remembers.
“But I didn`t sell anything to my husband.”
In a way, she is the perfect embodiment of the American dream.
“Women are not allowed to do anything in the United States,” she tells Polygon.
“They are not able to earn anything, they are not given the opportunities.
I think that`s why I got into business.”
The story of Pinedo food is a story of American self-sufficiency, of the promise of self-reliance.
As the United Kingdom has made progress in improving its food and its health, the Pines have made their own.
The name Piedono comes from the Latin word “pied” meaning “dirt”.
“We don’t use chemicals in the way other countries do,” says Marjorie, the family’s cookbook author.
“There`s nothing to do with chemicals in our culture.
We use nothing but our own roots and our own fruit.”
“It`s just the Pinyon Indians,” Gyn said.
For years, they made their bread from scratch and sold it at the local market, but it was hard to keep up with demand.
In the 1990s, Gwyn’s mother started a new business, selling local-made bread in the community.
“Now, we sell all the bread at our market,” she told Polygon, describing her local bread as “better than the best supermarket bread in America”.
When they were young, Gysons family would sell bread at local markets to feed the hungry.
Glyn remembers going to the market in Pinedonia to buy some flour, and she remembers looking around and thinking, “I wish I could be there.”
She bought some bread, but her father had to be away on a business trip.
She was the sole bread maker, so her husband couldn’t pick up the dough.
“Then I thought, ‘Well, my father is away, and this is where I can be the bread maker,'” she said, recalling how she decided to start a family.
The first Piedona was born in 2002.
Gyn, who has three younger brothers, is the youngest of five children.
She grew up with a love of cooking, and the family began selling their own homemade bread, including their own flour and honey.
When they moved to Los Angeles, Giesons brothers started working in a restaurant, but they were still making bread.
“At the time, I didn”t really understand the importance of the bread industry,” Gieson says.
By the time she graduated high school in 2008, Glysons husband was a restaurant manager.
“After I graduated, my husband left the restaurant to go to law school, so I was the bread-maker,” she explained