Update on our Bakery
Many of you have asked about the bakery plans, when will it reopen, why just the limited bakery items, and more. Our bakery is currently in transition from being just a bakery, to better using the space for having additional items.
Reopening the Bakery. As most of you know from being inside our bakery, the space is small. It is not feasible for us to open the physical space with the current COVID capacity limits for indoor spaces so we will continue to bring the baked goods out to sell on the market as we did last year.
Limited Baked Goods. As we transition our bakery, we chose to make only our signature items – fruit pies (frozen, to take and bake), cake donuts, shortcakes for strawberries and slushies. However, we know that many of you are disappointed that we are not doing our breads, cookies, and other goodies. Our physical space constraints make it difficult to produce more than small batches of baked goods, all of which were made by hand and labor intensive. This model has not given us the business efficiencies we need.
Supplemental Baked Goods. So, to fill those needs, we have carefully selected two local suppliers so we can offer you a wide selection of high-quality baked goods. Through Yoder’s we will have homemade Amish fry pies, cookies, breads, and cinnamon rolls. Through Gluten Free Sensations we have an assortment of baked goods for those wanting gluten-free products. We are going to try to have these products every day that we are open.
Bakery Transition. Currently we are evaluating other ways to use our baking and food processing space. We are exploring being able to offer sandwiches, salads, cut-up vegetables, soups, and other prepared or semi-prepared foods. Some of you have let us know you would like the convenience, and an excuse to get out of the kitchen on a hot summer day! And one of our goals is to someday offer a true farm-to-table dinner! These and other ideas are currently under consideration. Please be patient as we work towards offering you an expanded product line. Feel free to tell us what you’d like to see!
Introducing Yoder’s. We are excited to announce that starting Memorial Day weekend, we will be carrying selected baked goods from Yoder’s Country Market in Centreville. Many of you are already familiar with Yoder’s – a family-friendly deli, bakery, salad bar, donut shop and market. The quality of their products is superb and was a critical factor in our decision to partner with them. We were looking for a bakery to supplement our baked goods with products that are as good as our own. We have known the Yoder family for many years and have watched their bakery operation grow into the large, commercial bakery that it is today. We love that as they grew, their home-made (all from scratch with their own recipes) baked goods have stayed true to their commitment to quality–translated as truly delicious! The CLO staff have been busy “taste testing” Yoder’s baked goods to identify what we hope will soon become your favorites!
- Amish Fry Pies (pocket-sized, half circle pie): Apple, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Lemon, Peach, Red Raspberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb
- Breads (pre-sliced, ready to use!): Dill, English Muffin, Italian Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, Multigrain, Raisin Cinnamon, and Sourdough.
- Cinnamon Rolls with vanilla icing
- Cookies: Chocolate Chip, No Bake Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Oatmeal, Molasses, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Sugar Cookies, and Whoopi Pies.
Yoder’s Country Market; Centreville, MI https://www.yodersofcentreville.com