Whitesburg KY

Massachusetts residents make origami cranes for our bakery


Katie and Abby Osterman of Ashfield, Mass., sent a thousand origami cranes made by Ashfield residents to Black Sheep Bakery. From left to right are Roy Tackett, Michelle Bentley, Jayden Sturgill, Mary Roberts, Evelyn Rose and Gwen Johnson.

Katie and Abby Osterman of Ashfield, Mass., sent a thousand origami cranes made by Ashfield residents to Black Sheep Bakery. From left to right are Roy Tackett, Michelle Bentley, Jayden Sturgill, Mary Roberts, Evelyn Rose and Gwen Johnson.

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

A few weeks back I went out the door here at the community center and lo and behold there were two cranes in our parking lot. I could not believe my eyes. What were they doing here? Why ever would they touch down here? When I walked closer they took wing and flew over into the creek. Moments later they flew away.

A couple of weeks later I was asked to be a speaker about a project I am involved in. The event was an online church service with folks in Massachusetts. During the service someone mentioned they had been making origami cranes and that cranes symbolize peace. I shared about the cranes I witnessed on our campus. Two young sisters, ages 10 and 12, in Ashfield, Massachusetts wanted to do an outreach to Appalachia. Then and there it was proposed that they make origami cranes to send them to Black Sheep Bakery. I shared that we would be honored to receive the cranes.

This paper crane is now decorating Black Sheep Bakery.

This paper crane is now decorating Black Sheep Bakery.

The children put colorful papers on the porch of the hardware store in the village. Folks of all ages came and got the papers and constructed cranes for the project.

A month later a large mysterious box arrived by delivery truck. We thought it was supplies we had ordered. Upon opening, we discovered it contained a big plastic tote filled to the brim with paper origami cranes. There were one thousand of them so colorful and of all different sizes just like the people who made them. What a joy to our staff to know that people cared enough to spend hours on a craft to bring smiles in a place and people a thousand miles away.

We have made garlands of cranes and have them hung them in the bakery. You really should visit us to see them. They make it look like we are always having a party.

On Sunday we met Katie and Abby Osterman on a Zoom meeting. They introduced us to their baby chicks they are raising. They are the amazing young ladies who had a vision of outreach to Appalachia that caused their whole village to get on board. That vision has truly decorated our lives here at Black Sheep Bakery.

These letters were written by two Ashfield, Mass., sisters to Gwen Johnson of Black Sheep Bakery.

These letters were written by two Ashfield, Mass., sisters to Gwen Johnson of Black Sheep Bakery.

Thank you, Abby and Katie! We hope you and your chickens thrive. We will always remember your bright labor of love in these dark times.

Our staff is fully vaccinated. We are trying to do our part to stay safe and keep our customers safe. Our dining room is open with limited capacity. With limited capacity required for social distance, priority will be given to those seeking to dine in with us. Masks will be required except to eat and drink.

We have changed our weekly music event to Saturday evenings. This week William Caudill and Boyd Davis will be the featured musicians. There is music from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings weekly. This event is called Mountain Saturday Night.

Our bakery hours have changed slightly. We try to pivot and change as needed. The new hours are 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Pizza and calzones available from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. To help keep everyone safe and meet their needs we are still doing carryout, curbside, and deliveries. You may put on your mask and come in to order and select from our products.



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.

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.

Pizza is not available until 3:30 p.m. 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.

Of potential importance for families: 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

As we are still in the midst of a pandemic, the new pavilion provides us with a place for outside marketing of goods made or grown in our community 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 8 a.m. to 8 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. Three venders have brought their wares so far. Our three 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 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. We make our foods from scratch.

Weekly Quote: Peacetime bread is better than wartime cake. Slovak proverb


Mountain Saturday Night: Weekly music event on Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Community Meeting: Second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Zoom link available upon request.

Shape Note Singing: The fourth Sunday of the month each month from 2 to 5 p.m.

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

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

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