Whitesburg KY

Completion of Drug Court calls for big celebration


Check out our websites: www.blacksheepbrickoven.org and www.hemphillcenter.org and our Facebook pages please!

Celebration time!!! We are celebrating with Evelyn Rose as she has struggled to come out from under the heavy weight of addiction. She is now two years clean and graduating from Letcher County Drug Court this week. She will be our very first employee to graduate from Letcher County Drug Court.

Evelyn is a very valuable part of all we do at Black Sheep Bakery. She is dependable, responsible, and sensitive to the needs of others. She is a stand up woman and role model for many in recovery. She is loved by so many, most especially by her Black Sheep family.

Please join us as we celebrate this milestone in Evelyn’s life and her story.

We love you, Ev!!! You are tenacious and resilient. You rock!!!

Dear Readers,

A word about addiction…

The struggle is real to heal and recover from the disease of addiction. Just think of the word disease. Dis- Ease. Though the disease may be the result of poor choices it is no less a disease.

We have had a dozen or so Drug Court participants who have worked for us since Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery opened in 2018. Evelyn Rose is the first of them to graduate. It is an amazing feat, but even more amazing during this pandemic when regular interactions and events have been impossible. Loneliness has reigned for many and depression has been rampant among all populations of people.

Out of our dozen or so workers from drug court, sadly, some are now deceased, some are incarcerated, some have been and remain in rehab. Presently we have three fine ladies working for us and all are doing really well. We joyfully follow their progress.

Once addiction gets a person in its clutches it takes a strong village to help and support them. It takes those with watchful eyes to watch for signs of depression. Life changes every day and with those changes those on the road to recovery are closer to the deep end than most folks. I think it is easier for them to slip back and fall into the abyss. They need friends who will watch for the triggering events that cause relapse. They need a little more planning to evade loneliness during the holidays and birthdays. They may even need friends who will plan events with these special things in mind. They may be alienated from family and need to find a new tribe until bridges of trust can be repaired with blood kin.

The dehumanization that has taken place in their lives as a result of their addiction looms large in their own eyes. They live with self-condemnation and a strong sense of self degradation. I think we can serve them best by holding up their accomplishments and cheering them on as they rebuild what was destroyed by this disease. Sometimes we, as humans, tend throw the baby out with the bathwater. May we recognize and support each other as fellow humans in this common struggle of this life.

Meanwhile back to the bakery…Please do not try to order online. We cannot check messages if we are 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.

Hopefully we can soon get vaccines, open, and resume our business as usual and our events. We are so looking forward to folks being able to eat in again. We have so missed live music for our listening pleasure. We haven’t seen some of our favorite musicians for quite some time. Though we will still have to social distance and wear masks, it will be great to get back to something like normalcy. We are counting the days…

To keep everyone safe we are doing carryout, curbside, and deliveries. You may put on your mask and come in to order and select from our products. You will always be welcome.

You may special order by Monday. Remember these items will not always be available. They usually take a minimum of three hours each to prepare. Some take 24 hours. This is not frozen food or package mixes. That is the taste difference. These items are lovingly prepared from the best things we can lay our hands on. Only the best for you…

We have partnered with Fast FUD to deliver. They will deliver your order for $7 within 15 miles of Black Sheep Bakery. If you live farther than 15 miles away, don’t fret. They charge just 25 cents for each additional mile. Just call and place your order and they will pick it up and bring it to your doorstep or workplace. It’s a great service. They always wear gloves and a mask and contactless delivery can be arranged by asking. We are thankful for this new enterprise in the community.

Our hours are Thursday and Friday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Pizza is not available until 4:30 p.m. on those days as it takes that long for the oven to heat back up. Remember we are cooking with wood in a primitive oven. There is no temperature control dial so we cannot turn it up or down. We are cooking the ancient way. We are subject to Mother Nature’s whims.

Important : You can bring the children to do their schoolwork if you don’t have a good connection. We ask that a responsible adult accompany the children and see to them. Wi-Fi available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week. You are welcome!

“ Because all our children are above average.”~Garrison Keillor

The new pavilion provides us with a place for family gatherings and outside marketing of goods made or grown in our community can also happen on Saturday mornings. If you see folks out there peddling their wares stop and check it out. Please feel free to schedule outside events when you need to. We ask the scheduling to omit Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we want to encourage a neighborhood marketplace for cottage industry and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have a vision to boost the economy through tourism and cottage industry. Hopefully you will add us to your list of stops on Saturday mornings since the bakery is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lost Lamb Productions: There is a space that has been made to market craft items inside on consignment. If you are interested in marketing your art with us please let us know. Two venders have brought their wares so far. Our two venders are making sales and making some money. When you visit us you can check it out.

If you are interested in T-shirts and aprons check out our merchandise page website above. You can purchase online.

Check out our menu on Facebook. 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 GMOfree 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. We make our foods from scratch.

Weekly Quote: Love doesn’t erase the past but makes the future different. Gary Chapman

The bakery will remain open regular hours for carryout, curbside, and delivery. Music events are cancelled until the government restrictions are lifted. Thank you!

Inclement weather policy: In case of cancellation of events please check the Facebook accounts two hours before the scheduled event for postings.

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.

Leave a Reply