Floral Series of Glazes is Here!

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Floral Series of Glazes is Here!

Spring is starting to act like, well, Spring. I think we can finally say goodbye to winter (I’m hoping I don’t jinx it) and look forward to the beautiful May flowers after a cold a dreary April. As the seasons change, so to do our glazes. While the tea glazes were wonderful we decided that May really needed its own seasonal series and what better time to year to roll out a floral series of glazes.

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Our Floral Series of Glazes plays to a variety of tastes and preferences and really emphasizes the layered subtlety that comes with combining multiple light flavors without being overpowering. We really worked to create a well-balanced series that highlights some lesser known flavors and flowers.

The list of glazes in the series are as follows:

  • Rose Cardamom

  • Lavender Lemon

  • Orange Blossom Fennel

  • Sorrel Honeysuckle

  • Marigold Saffron

  • Violet Grapefruit

We hope you’ll stop by our booth at the Urbana Market at the Square and grab some of the doughnuts while you can (they’re only around through the end of May). Or you can swing by your favorite coffee shop and see if they’re carrying them. We will also be offering them for online orders (for delivery or pick-up at the farmers market).

Let us know what you think!

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Our Start at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Our Start at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

A few months after we moved down here from Chicago, Rey began volunteering at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery and helped take care of the baby goats. He was instantly hooked. After bringing me along for a while we became volunteer “regulars”. Rey ended up working as a milker at the farm and helped out with herd management while I started learning how to make cheese and working in the cheeserie on weekends. Rey was also baking crackers and cooking lunches for the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings course being held at the farm by The Land Connection. Our involvement at Prairie Fruits provided us with wonderful, hands-on experience and the local food and farm “family” that we had been searching for.

That family provided us with a lot of opportunities and learning experiences. A little over a year ago, we were given the opportunity to plan a series of breakfast menus that focused on locally grown and sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and grains. We then prepared those menus for the large crowds that descended upon Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery for Breakfast & Babies. Now, only one year later, that could not feel like more of a distant memory. Back then we knew what we wanted to do, and we had most of the skills to attempt it, we just weren’t sure if it would work or if anyone would care. We wanted to start our own bakery.

Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband, the owners and operators of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, did care. They cared during the PFF&C winter market where they suggested that we provide doughnuts to customers around Christmas. After seeing what we could do, they not only encouraged us to open Lucky Pierre Bakers, but they gave us the opportunity to showcase our products, skills, and ethos on their largest public platform, against the backdrop of an ever-growing herd of adorable baby goats.

We never knew what would become of our start-up bakery, in fact, we weren’t even sure it would ever get off the ground. It’s pretty daunting when you try to make something work that people seem convinced can’t work; namely running a sustainable bakery that focuses on local ingredients and local farmers. We’re still not even sure it can work, but we’re going to keep baking, prioritizing local and seasonal ingredients, and bringing delicious sweet and savory treats to farmers markets and local businesses around the Champaign-Urbana area.

So whenever you try one of our products, remember that small businesses like ours rely on other other small businesses to get started, and in our case, it was Wes and Leslie at Prairie Fruits Farm. If you’re interested in visiting the farm, volunteering, or checking out Babies & Brunch this year with Raquel Ritz and Sarah Stewart make sure to check out the PFF&C website and Facebook page:

http://www.prairiefruits.com/

https://www.facebook.com/prairiefruitsfarm/

Visit to The Mill at Janie's Farm

Visit to The Mill at Janie's Farm

On Friday March 16th, Rey, Erinn, and I went up to Ashkum, IL to visit The Mill at Janie's Farm, where we have been getting some of our local flours. Jill Brockman-Cummings gave us a wonderful tour of the mill and talked to us about some of the new things they're going to be doing this summer!

Here is a link to their page: https://www.themillatjaniesfarm.com/

Here is a link to my interview with Jill for The Land Connection: https://thelandconnection.org/blog/heirloom-organic-and-heritage-oh-my-interview-jill-brockman-cummings

And, here are some pictures from our tour:

 

"Our Farmers" Page is LIVE!

"Our Farmers" Page is LIVE!

As members of the local food economy, Rey & I both believe that being transparent about where our ingredients come from not only builds trust between Lucky Pierre, our consumers, and our farmers, but it also allows for increased direct connections between our consumers and farmers, thereby strengthening the local food economy as a whole.

With that being said we are launching the "Our Farmers" page on our website (which you can reach from the top navigation bar).

The "Our Farmers" page lists all of the local farms that we are currently sourcing ingredients from, what we are sourcing from them, why we use their products and provides links to their websites and order forms so that you can order from them too! We will always tell those who ask exactly where we get an ingredient from and why. This page not only holds us accountable but allows others in the community who love our products to learn where their food comes from and what amazing local offerings there are from small, sustainable farms.

Urbana Market IN the Square

Urbana Market IN the Square

So we wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that we will be at the rest of the Urbana Markets IN the Square. Those dates are listed below:

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  • February 10th & 24th
  • March 10th & 24th
  • April 14th & 21st

You can always expect the usual fare from us, including:

  • Doughnut Holes
  • Cinnamon Roles
  • Orange Poppy Seed Rolls
  • Bagels
  • Bialys
  • Philadelphia-style Crumb Cake

We will also be using the market as a pick-up location for our online orders, and as a place to offer doughnut samplers of our upcoming special glaze series. So come see us every 2nd and 4th Saturday through the end of April, and get Lucky!

 

New Tea Glazes Coming Soon!!

New Tea Glazes Coming Soon!!

Rey and I both love Tea. Green, Black, Herbal; we love them all. And this is the perfect time of year for lots and lots of tea. Whether you are getting over a cold or just curling up under a blanket with a book, tea is one of the most therapeutic libations around. Rey has been wanting to make a line of tea glazes for a while now, but with the end of winter approaching (hopefully) we figured we should phase out our winter seasonal flavors and phase in the new Tea Series of doughnuts by Lucky Pierre Bakers.

The flavors we are going to offer are:

  • Moroccan Mint
  • Hazelnut Rooibos
  • Princess Grey
  • Matcha
  • Chai
  • Chamomile Blood Orange

We will be offering the flavors as a doughnut hole sampler pack this Saturday, February 10th at Urbana's Market IN the Square. After that, they will become available to our wholesale accounts and for special order through our website.

We hope that as we begin to try out our new special lines of glazes, whether this tea series or our upcoming beer series or flower series, you'll take the opportunity to try something new.

NOTE: All of the teas we are using for these glazes are Fair Trade teas.