They were able to open for one day of picking last week, so keep checking their social media and the Now in the Patch page on their website for updates as they assess their berry fields!
And this from Squashington Farm: Lettuce heads, Lettuce mix, Kale, Collards, Chard, Scallions, Garlic scapes, Napa cabbage, Micro green and pea shoots, Peas, Herbs, Celtuce, Beets, Carrots, Kohlrabiiiiiii and Eggs!
Our confirmed vendors for Thursday 6/29 are: Squashington Farm, Farmer John Cheese, Open Kettle, Double Dutch Sourdough, Kingfisher Farm & Ferment, Jumping Spider Farm, Tisha's Delicious Bakery, Bures Berry Patch, Running Hills Flower Farm.
While understanding of and accommodation for food allergies has come a long way in recent years, many people, Like Tisha herself, decided it was easier to simply cross the problematic items off their shopping lists rather than settle for the gluten-free or dairy-free versions of their favorite foods, which often left much to be desired in terms of taste, texture, and price.
“I feel my best when I avoid all gluten- and dairy-containing foods,” Tisha says. “It took a while to adjust to this new diet but eventually, I settled into a routine. Sadly, because commercially available gluten-free breads just weren’t that delicious, I had mostly eliminated bread products from my diet. While these adjustments had unquestionably benefited my body, I developed a keen sense of being left out of a key ingredient for the enjoyment of life and of community, a common feeling for those with a wide range of food allergies and sensitivities.”
And judging by the smiles on the faces of those who come back for a donut or a bagel or a loaf of bread every week, she’s succeeded.
This is her first summer vending at a farmers market and in the few short weeks since she began selling, her booth has become a destination spot. “I have really enjoyed being at the market,” she says. “It’s great to meet the community, make connections with neighbors and friends and to share my products more widely with folks. I am especially enjoying the smiles of the children who are really grooving on those donuts! I bring more every week and they sell out fast!” One little boy with chocolate on his face was heard exclaiming, “These are better than regular!”
The bakery is, technically speaking, a side gig for Tisha. Balancing this passion project with her full-time job has meant that she’s put a lot of very intentional work into developing the business in a way that is sustainable, and in fact that is one of the three pillars that Tisha’s Delicious Bakery is built on: Joy, Sustainability, and Community.
“Joy,” she says, “goes deeper than happiness. Joy is that deep sense of satisfaction in a job well done.” Sustainability has multiple meanings here; there’s the sense in which she is committed to building her business in a way and at a pace that she can sustain without losing the joy that baking brings to her life, and there is the practical side where she has chosen to use products and packaging that are reusable, compostable, and/or recyclable. And then there’s community, and Tisha’s deep-seated belief that “food should bring us together, not separate us from one another.”
Besides finding Tisha's Delicious Bakery products at the Mount Horeb Farmers Market and at other pop-up markets in the area, you can order directly from Tisha via her website. She bakes everything to order and pick-up day is Thursday. Right now she's offering three types of bread, hamburger buns, two varieties of bagel, pizza crust, brownies, cookies, donuts, shortcake, and biscotti. WOW!
The Mount Horeb Farmers Market is located at 315 E Main Street every Thursday from 3:00-6:30 PM. On behalf of the Market Board and all of our vendors, we hope you’re enjoying your summer and hope to see you ‘round the market soon!