So I have the great pride and pleasure to announce that my wonderful little bakery is getting mentioned in the New York Times as one of the things to check out in Marin County in 36 hours. (http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/travel/36-hours-in-marin-county-calif.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
And in light of that awesomeness, I shall give you a brief history of how Little Ladybug Bakery started. It goes a little something like this. On October 8, 2010, in a fit of delusion and frustration I quit my job and decided to start a bakery. Literally, just like that. The next Saturday I had set up a little card table on the sidewalk across the street from the Grand Lake Farmers Market, guerrilla style. I sold pie (illegally) on the sidewalk for 8 1/2 months in Oakland while I went about getting my sellers permit, business license, health permit, farmers market applications and branding figured out. I was like the red-headed step-child of the Grand Lake market, it was ridiculous and awesome. I even had the police called on me!
This February is my two year anniversary of entrance to the Farmers Markets. I have now established relationships with locals farmers from which I source my produce (peaches /blackberries /cherries /apples /rhubarb /strawberries /walnuts /sweet potatoes /eggs /milk and cheese).
I have made pies for birthdays and weddings. My pies have been part of Thanksgiving dinners, Forth of July picnics and memorable desserts to finish a forgettable Thursday evening.
I am so proud and so thankful to be doing what Im doing, so grateful to all the beautiful people who have supported my bakery and so happy to smile when people come up to me and say to their friends “I’ve been buying pie from her when she was still on the sidewalk!”
For me, Little Ladybug Bakery is a testimony that one can accomplish anything. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
Thanks for reading. Happy eating!