My wife likes to say that Patchwork Farm and Bakery was an accident, a very wonderful accident. Back in 2002, we had a 3 acre market garden and was in the process of building a winter vegetable storage. Anne, my wife informed me that I was to find me some kind of work for the upcoming winter, seeing I did not do well the previous growing season, or for that matter the season before that, and that watching our two daughters of five and three would not be enough, we needed some more dough. Flash forward a couple weeks. After landing me a job selling books for my friend Linda who owns the Galaxy Bookstore in Hardwick I pick up a book about sourdough , brick oven’s and how to build them . Having baked most of my life, I think I was about 7 or 8 when I discovered oatmeal chocolate chip cookie’s, how to make them and eat them.But I had also learned how to bake bread from my mom and so the prospect of a bakery seemed perfect when brought up as a joke at the dinner table one night.I mean we already had a building going up.Why not make it a Bakery. That was just about 14 years ago now and now We bake around 25 varieties and still counting.
All our breads use our own sourdough, and all of our organic flours are sourced through the following: Butterworks Farm West Field VT, La Milanaise Mill Quebec, Champlain Valley Mills Westport NY, Heartland Mills Marienthal, Kansas. We get the Blue cheese from Bonnieview in Craftsbury, and Jasper Hill in Greensboro. Other ingredients such as potato, onion, garlic, peppers, are sourced from these local farms: Riverside Farm East Hardwick, Harvest Hill Farm Walden, Mystic Morning Farm Greensboro Bend, Peace of Earth Farm Albany, and our own place here in East Hardwick.