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Bakery oven is upgraded

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Scott Shoupe and Corey Carter upgraded the brick oven of Black Sheep Bakery.

Scott Shoupe and Corey Carter upgraded the brick oven of Black Sheep Bakery.

The oven efficiency upgrade work is complete. We will be firing it on Friday this week. We are happy to be getting back to the ancient way of cooking with wood fire. It makes our cooking taste way more special. It’s a flavor boost to our already awesome foods. If you are one of our many new customers, you are in for a really pleasant surprise. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Lol.

Another of the marvelous things happening lately is that after being open almost two years, our local folks close by have finally discovered us during this pandemic. We have often remarked how it’s hard to be a prophet in your own country. Our customers up to this present point had been mostly folks from outside the immediate area of our respective community. Many of our customers have been from outside our county and some who indeed live in southwestern Virginia have been constant weekly patrons. Now that county and state-line recommendations are for folks to shelter in place and stay home, folks are looking for services closer by than ever before.

During quarantine we have been experimenting with breads. We now have an unbleached white sandwich bread that we are satisfied with. We are also trying our hand at challah although it is not yet where we want it to be. Challah is a very beautiful bread we learned about from our Jewish friend, Ben. We will keep making it until it is right. That is how our bread journey has been with all our products. It is amazing stuff, the bread! It seems to have a mind of its own. Barometric pressure, weather, temperature, cook’s mood, emotional atmosphere in the kitchen, and many other factors affect the final bread outcome. Primal processes in the arcane knowledge of bread is our continued goal as always.

The special thanks to Scott Shoupe and Cory Carter of New Age Solutions, LLC, based in Cumberland. Energy efficiency management/ consulting and installation is their business. Contact Scott at (606) 733-0721 or shoupe@1newagesolutions.com. These guys have done a good job for us each time they have worked here. They helped with our lighting issues when we did an LED lighting upgrade in the fall of 2019 and now have upgraded our brick oven.

Don’t forget if you want to ensure you get what you need, please call and place an order with us by Monday evening the week you need it. That way we will have a heads up and can plan our week for maximum efficiency to make your request. We want our products to be fresh so we do not make things days ahead. We do not use preservatives therefore we cannot make things much ahead. Our GMO-free products are made by hand the ancient way. Our breads and pastries take all day to make. Many of them are made from fermentation methods that take 24 hours or more.

Holiday mornings we will always be open from 8 a.m. to noon to allow folks to pick up special orders and things we have on hand. Please do not try to order online. We cannot check messages if we are really busy. Call (971) 867-4337 to order, please. If there is no answer, call back please. We do not have call waiting. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Weekly Quote: In a real sense all life is inter-related… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be…This is the inter-related structure of reality. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stay safe and sound! We will make it through this with the help of God and our leaders. Cooperation and extreme care are what it takes. See you soon!

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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