Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Bakery is Open!

I finally did it. I started a very small organic bakery in my home where my customers are friends and neighbours. This was an idea I toyed around with after doing an insane amount of baking for the street fair at the boys' school. Since I still have a real job, I bake twice a week--it is a great way to relax and decompress after a day of teaching. Since Wednesday night is a baking night, I won't always have a blog post for that day (as you probably noticed yesterday). But I am sure you can all get along without me.

36 comments:

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Wow! That's fan-TAS-tic!! Congratulations and good luck!!!

Holly said...

Hi there,

Congratulations! Where can the goods be picked up? The lemon currant rolls sound great..

VeggieGirl said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :0)

megan said...

Lucky neighbors! Those lemon currant rolls sound delicious.

Vegan Dad said...

Holly,
Send an email to the address in the bottom of the right column of this blog and I can give you the specifics.

carrie said...

Congratulations vegan dad, I wish you much success!!

Colleen said...

I wish I didn't live all the way over in Alberta, that's a great idea!

Hannah said...

Congratulations, that's incredible! I hope you keep us updated with how the bakery's doing, although I'm sure it will be a hit!

Dayna said...

Congratulations! I hope it is wonderfully successful.

Justin Fox Burks and The Wife said...

congrats. it'll be your only job before you know it.

-jfb

allularpunk said...

this is awesome! my mom did this for awhile when i was in high school. people really appreciated her breads, and i'm sure, by the looks of what you're offering, that your community will as well.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Congratulations from a fellow twice a week baking business!

Teresa said...

Congratulations! I hope your bakery takes off! Wish I were local.

Bianca said...

Sweet! Congrats! I wish I was a neighbor so I could order those Lemon Current Rolls. Those sound fabulous!

erin32mc said...

Congratulations! That is really exciting news. I wish I was one of your neighbors so I could buy some goodies from you.

shelby said...

Congratulations! Thats so great =)

Janet said...

yep, these need to be available for mail delivery. ;)

Jan Scholl said...

Not Fair!!! It's not MY neighborhood.

Ron said...

Congratulations, VeganDad, and as others have said: lucky neighbours and friends.

Ron ...

Anonymous said...

VeganDad, good for you! Make sure you are costing the ingredients for your recipes; also include your time, per hour, and the energy cost for baking your bread! If you are handy and have the outside space, you might consider building your own outdoor wood burning oven. It gives you even more fantastic tasting bread.

Vegan Dad said...

Anon,
I did do a cost analysis of the materials (energy was a little tricky to calculate) to arrive at my prices. The prices are fair, give me some profit, but I am not going to get rich off this business. I am just spreading organic vegan love around the neighbourhood. I think the wood oven will have to wait, though it sounds totally awesome.

Karina said...

Vegan Dad,

This is awesome! I hope all goes well. How interesting - I just started a bakery from home as well! (www.snailhousebakery.com)

Good luck!
-Karina-

wingraclaire said...

Sounds great, and it inspires me to go and bake some bread, as I don't live in the neighborhood....

Arundathi said...

wow - good going - congratulations! :) all the very best!

Susan G said...

That's wonderful! I am envious of the people lucky enough to be your customers!

Janet said...

Congratulations, Vegan Dad! Best of luck with your new venture :)

Eesh said...

How wonderful! Congratulations! I drooled over your bread baking skills for the street fair. I only wish I lived closer to buy some!

tasteslikeyum said...

Who knows, this could be the start of something much bigger! Congrats!

jenny said...

Congrats!! :)

chow vegan said...

Congratulations! If only I lived in Canada, I would so be there!

xybermatthew said...

Hey, congrats.

First, are you running this business out of your home or do you have a shop? I'm curious to know, because I'm a vegan dad too and love working in the kitchen and wondering if this is something I could do in my neighborhood.

Second, it looks like from the comments people are looking to order over the net -- there is a start up company that I know of in my "neck of the woods" that might be able to help you out. It's http://foodzie.com/. Foodzie is an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food from small artisan producers and growers.

Anyway, best of luck to you.

Vaala said...

Wow! I wish I lived near you! I'd totally be ordering. Good luck :)

Vegan Dad said...

xybermatthew,
I run the bakery out of my home. People place an order, I bake it, they pick it up. Easy.

Debyi said...

I am so excited for you!!! That has also been a dream of mine for a few years. How did you go about starting your bakery business? I would love any tips you could give those of us that would like to follow along in your footsteps.

Vegan Dad said...

debyi,
I started very small. A few people expressed an interest in my baking after I made some stuff for a school street fair, so I sent an email out to a few of them. Word of mouth brought in a few more customers. This way I could see how much I could bake in a night, and how many customers I could handle. I put orders into a spread sheet, develop a baking plan for the night (rising and baking times). Everything has been smooth so far, and I think I could take on a few more customers. I like the bake to order system since I don't make any extra bread or have leftover inventory. I feature a new bread ever month to keep things interesting.

xybermatthew said...

I recently made some new vegan friends and found out that they have just started to sell their bakery items on http://www.etsy.com/, maybe you could gain those few extra customers here. :-)