For those following my videos and posts on Facebook, you know I just got a GIANT stand mixer a few days ago. I have been preparing for summer, and expanding my baking capacity, and the mixer was part of that expansion. There’s also a double oven in my garage waiting to be installed, so I’ve been getting ready for more baking for the past few months.
On a whim, I decided to open the farm stand over the weekend, which I don’t normally do until Memorial Day weekend. Thinking about everyone being stuck at home and likely bored and concerned about the current state of affairs, I wasn’t sure if they would stop at a farm stand right now. Well, they have and it’s been great!
In trying to fine tune my recipes with the giant stand mixer, (we must come up with a name for her) I’ve figured out that rising bread shouldn’t sit around for a few hours. Today I made 13 loaves of bread, but was restricted by only being able to bake 4 at a time. I was juggling getting fresh bread AND cinnamon rolls baked, so several loaves sat covered for a few hours, and those not in a loaf pan became fairly flat when baked. SO, until the new oven is installed, only 6 loaves at a time in the mixer.
I’ve met a few people at the farm stand this weekend, and everyone has been really kind. People have expressed appreciation for what I’m doing, but it’s what I do all summer long, I’m just starting earlier, but I’m thrilled that people are using a field trip to Red Gate as a means of entertainment.
One thing I’ve thought about was people who may have lost their jobs or are unsure about their jobs and financial security. Right now a lot of people are on social media more than usual because they are at home. I would hate to post about what’s at the stand but have someone want something but not be able to afford it. I don’t make much doing what I do all summer, but I make enough that if someone is hungry they can take something to eat from my farm stand. And I’d much rather have someone do that than take the little bit of money that I do make. SO, I reduced the prices on my baked goods by $2 an item and offered something free to anyone who needs it. It’s fairly anonymous as it’s an honor system, so I hope if anyone needs something to eat that they do stop.
For those who enjoyed my baking, please stop back again when you’re able. If anyone is ever dissatisfied with something they buy, please contact me and I will resolve your issue. Stay tuned for more/different items at the farm stand next weekend. I wish you all good health, happiness and peace! Andria