Blog :: 01-2011

Eden Valley Bakers

I grew up with my Mom working in a small, old-fashioned bakery in Radburn, NJ. Great memories of walking in the front door and being hit with the magical aroma of freshly-baked cakes, pies and doughnuts. It was the kind of place where all of the products were made from scratch and baked in the back, rather than processed, frozen and then shipped from a central location. We were lucky to always have had fresh bread with our dinners.

Things sure have changed over the years and I'm aware that economics played a major role in the disappearance of the small bakery. Today, if you are looking for fresh bread, you have to visit one of the large supermarkets and you know they have everything except the baking is prepared off-site. Just not the same as the old, local bake shop!

That is why I consider our region lucky to have access to the wonderful artisan bread made by Hannah Warren, the owner of Eden Valley Bakers in Fryeburg. Hannah has studied her craft in both England and the USA and likes to say that it is what the baker does with the ingredients that makes the difference. Eden Valley has been in business for a few years and is set-back from Route 302 (across from the Jockey Cap) which doesn't make for good visibility. I'm amazed at the number of people who are still not aware of the treasures available in the small building.

This past Sunday I had a home showing at noon in Fryeburg. When finished, I stopped in at the bakery to say hello and to see what was available. I got a fresh "Apple-Walnut Sourdough" bread. I made the mistake of putting the bag on the front passenger seat instead of in the back where it would be out of reach. Of course, I tried just a little piece. It wasn't long before half the loaf was gone!

Hannah's bakery is a great place to go for a cup of coffee and to catch up on local news. And once Hannah gets to know you and your bread preferences, chances are great that when she sees your car pull-up, she will have your bread ready for you as you walk through the door.

Eden Valley BAKERS is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Become a friend on Facebook to get notifications when fresh breads are coming out of the oven!

Eden Valley Bakers

I grew up with my Mom working in a small, old-fashioned bakery in Radburn, NJ. Great memories of walking in the front door and being hit with the magical aroma of freshly-baked cakes, pies and doughnuts. It was the kind of place where all of the products were made from scratch and baked in the back, rather than processed, frozen and then shipped from a central location. We were lucky to always have had fresh bread with our dinners.

Things sure have changed over the years and I'm aware that economics played a major role in the disappearance of the small bakery. Today, if you are looking for fresh bread, you have to visit one of the large supermarkets and you know they have everything except the baking is prepared off-site. Just not the same as the old, local bake shop!

That is why I consider our region lucky to have access to the wonderful artisan bread made by Hannah Warren, the owner of Eden Valley Bakers in Fryeburg. Hannah has studied her craft in both England and the USA and likes to say that it is what the baker does with the ingredients that makes the difference. Eden Valley has been in business for a few years and is set-back from Route 302 (across from the Jockey Cap) which doesn't make for good visibility. I'm amazed at the number of people who are still not aware of the treasures available in the small building.

This past Sunday I had a home showing at noon in Fryeburg. When finished, I stopped in at the bakery to say hello and to see what was available. I got a fresh "Apple-Walnut Sourdough" bread. I made the mistake of putting the bag on the front passenger seat instead of in the back where it would be out of reach. Of course, I tried just a little piece. It wasn't long before half the loaf was gone!

Hannah's bakery is a great place to go for a cup of coffee and to catch up on local news. And once Hannah gets to know you and your bread preferences, chances are great that when she sees your car pull-up, she will have your bread ready for you as you walk through the door.

Eden Valley BAKERS is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Become a friend on Facebook to get notifications when fresh breads are coming out of the oven!

Comments

  1. Karen Epranian on

    Macaroons!!!!
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Those chocolate-covered macaroons from the Radburn Cake Box were the best!
      • Stanley Tupaj on

        Ouch! What would Hannah say?
        • Jotham Oliver on

          Eden Valley Bakery.....rises to every occasion.

          ...Ethel Interrupts...

          ...Who's Ethel?...

          ...Please be sure to attend the Potluck Dinner on Saturday, February 5th at the New Suncook School. The PTA is working hard to raise funds for new playground equipment that will serve the special needs students attending the school. You will be entertained by Heather Pierson and there will be a student art display and a raffle with a number of great gifts. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. It is shaping up to be a fun evening and all proceeds go towards the equipment. If you can't make the dinner, please buy some raffle tickets. Phone number at New Suncook is 925-6711...

          ...Get your baking dishes ready as the popular Taste of Lovell is coming! Sunday, February 13th at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. The emphasis is on desserts and chocolate but if you have a favorite appetizer, please share it with everyone. The tasting begins at 2:00 and talented Fryeburg Academy musicians will be playing. Check out the February Newsletter for more details!...

          ...Lovell Rec wants everyone to know that the trails are open on the Lake Kezar Country Club course for cross-country skiing. I'm sure that you have seen skiers enjoying themselves on the trails as you have been driving by...

          ...Ethel Interrupts...

          ...Who's Ethel?...

          ...Please be sure to attend the Potluck Dinner on Saturday, February 5th at the New Suncook School. The PTA is working hard to raise funds for new playground equipment that will serve the special needs students attending the school. You will be entertained by Heather Pierson and there will be a student art display and a raffle with a number of great gifts. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. It is shaping up to be a fun evening and all proceeds go towards the equipment. If you can't make the dinner, please buy some raffle tickets. Phone number at New Suncook is 925-6711...

          ...Get your baking dishes ready as the popular Taste of Lovell is coming! Sunday, February 13th at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. The emphasis is on desserts and chocolate but if you have a favorite appetizer, please share it with everyone. The tasting begins at 2:00 and talented Fryeburg Academy musicians will be playing. Check out the February Newsletter for more details!...

          ...Lovell Rec wants everyone to know that the trails are open on the Lake Kezar Country Club course for cross-country skiing. I'm sure that you have seen skiers enjoying themselves on the trails as you have been driving by...

          Kezar Lake Water Quality Report

          People are drawn to this part of Maine for numerous reasons. The lakes and ponds, the availability of outdoor recreation in all four seasons, the overall quality of life, the schools and the fact that there are a lot of nice people here. But there is no disputing that Kezar Lake is the anchor and economic engine for this region. Therefore, it is important that Kezar's water quality remain high and the most recent study available confirms that.

          Here is an excerpt from the 2010 Kezar Lake Water Quality Report conducted by FB Environmental Associates, Inc.: "Kezar Lake remains one of Maine's cleanest and clearest lakes, with above average water quality and clarity compared to most lakes in Maine. Historically, Kezar Lake's total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a averages have been well below the statewide averages."

          Click here to read the entire report. (Be patient--extra loading time)

          Kezar Lake Water Quality Report

          People are drawn to this part of Maine for numerous reasons. The lakes and ponds, the availability of outdoor recreation in all four seasons, the overall quality of life, the schools and the fact that there are a lot of nice people here. But there is no disputing that Kezar Lake is the anchor and economic engine for this region. Therefore, it is important that Kezar's water quality remain high and the most recent study available confirms that.

          Here is an excerpt from the 2010 Kezar Lake Water Quality Report conducted by FB Environmental Associates, Inc.: "Kezar Lake remains one of Maine's cleanest and clearest lakes, with above average water quality and clarity compared to most lakes in Maine. Historically, Kezar Lake's total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a averages have been well below the statewide averages."

          Click here to read the entire report. (Be patient--extra loading time)

          First Wood Pile of 2011

          It always seems that splitting wood by hand is much easier when it is very cold. And that holds true for even the big pieces, knots and all. So even though temps were low and the wind was beginning to pick-up, staying warm was not an issue. With all of the lifting and moving wood around, you soon feel comfortable. And if you overdress, you might start sweating. A great way to get some exercise and some fresh air. As you can see in one photo, there's plenty more wood to split.

          No one would ever mistake me for a Paul Bunyan but there is a new exhibit at Fryeburg Academy's Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art that looks like a good one. LOGGING IN MAINE...THEN AND NOW is a cooperative Exhibition between the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum and the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. It will be at the Gallery until March 4th.

          First Wood Pile of 2011

          It always seems that splitting wood by hand is much easier when it is very cold. And that holds true for even the big pieces, knots and all. So even though temps were low and the wind was beginning to pick-up, staying warm was not an issue. With all of the lifting and moving wood around, you soon feel comfortable. And if you overdress, you might start sweating. A great way to get some exercise and some fresh air. As you can see in one photo, there's plenty more wood to split.

          No one would ever mistake me for a Paul Bunyan but there is a new exhibit at Fryeburg Academy's Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art that looks like a good one. LOGGING IN MAINE...THEN AND NOW is a cooperative Exhibition between the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum and the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. It will be at the Gallery until March 4th.

          Comments

          1. Stanley Tupaj on

            I see each piece as a challenge. How many strokes will it take to split the wood completely? You claim victory when it only takes a few whacks!
            • Jim Rowe on

              Have always enjoyed splitting wood. Nice photos!

              Lovell Snow Scenes

              The most recent snow storm picked-up a lot of steam in the early morning and looked like it was going to bring a good amount to our area. This may have contributed to SAD 72's decision to close the schools. But by mid-day it ended rather suddenly. I think we were lucky if the final tally was more than four or five inches of snow! After the past two or three years of some snow and then rain, it appears that we are having a normal winter. So dress very warmly as the next few days are going to be bitter cold.

              Many people think this is the time of year to stay indoors and stay warm. But around western Maine, folks look for outdoor activities throughout the year. One event that is very popular is the Musher's Bowl in Bridgton. There are a number of activities that focus on snow, swimming (a fund-raiser for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter) and sled dogs. Check out the schedule here.

              Here is the local weather forecast.

              Lovell Snow Scenes

              The most recent snow storm picked-up a lot of steam in the early morning and looked like it was going to bring a good amount to our area. This may have contributed to SAD 72's decision to close the schools. But by mid-day it ended rather suddenly. I think we were lucky if the final tally was more than four or five inches of snow! After the past two or three years of some snow and then rain, it appears that we are having a normal winter. So dress very warmly as the next few days are going to be bitter cold.

              Many people think this is the time of year to stay indoors and stay warm. But around western Maine, folks look for outdoor activities throughout the year. One event that is very popular is the Musher's Bowl in Bridgton. There are a number of activities that focus on snow, swimming (a fund-raiser for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter) and sled dogs. Check out the schedule here.

              Here is the local weather forecast.

              Comments

              1. Jim Rowe on

                Well, I don't miss snow, but know it can be beautiful. Thanks, Stan.