More than seventy five years ago, the newlyweds Tony and Anna Bongiorno moved to Duxbury. They purchased seven acres of land for four hundred dollars and proceeded to set up a chicken farm. During the war years, operating out of a small shop in Quincy, Tony sold a maximum of two chickens a person to people waiting in long lines. In all, he raised about 60,000 chickens a year.
After the war, Tony and Anna made the switch from chickens to turkeys and became one of seven turkey farms on “Turkey row” (a dirt road that is now rt. 53). In 1947, “Bongi’s” was born and the recipes that were written are ones that are still used today. The original store was just an old motel cabin moved from down the street. Until the expressway was built, Rt. 53 was the main road to the cape. Soon, stopping at Bongi’s for chicken box lunches and turkey pies became a tradition for many cape-goers. This tradition is one that many families still follow today. In fact, tradition is what we are all about at Bongi’s!
Today, Tony’s daughter, Marie and her husband, Tom run the farm and the business and virtually every young Bongi’s family member (grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins) have worked for Bongi’s at some point in their lives. Tony and Anna are now deceased, but their spirit lives on in the people who work here and the products that we make, the service that we extend to our customers.