I started making bread as I wanted to learn the craft and feed our kids the best slice of bread and butter I could. This also came at a time when we would rock our twins to sleep singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", or the "Alphabet Song", every night. The letters, LMNOP in the middle of the "Alphabet Song" sounded a bit like its own word to the girls. Despite all the rocking and soothing... they would still emerge often past lights out to the smell of fresh baked bread. (I baked small production runs in the evening after my momming jobs were 'over'.) In my house, it wasn't a glass of cold milk before bed but a warm slice of bread and butter that ensured a good night's sleep. So, LMNOP Bakery was named. Almost it's own word, holding together either ends of the alphabet, good bread and grains are building blocks of our diet.
Jesse and I ventured to the Kneading Conference in 2018 as work study students. I had the good fortune to be assigned to help Blair Marvin of Elmore Mountain Bread with her workshops. We loved the camaraderie, the spirit, the energy of the work study team, we loved to help in any way we could. We met bakers and makers from all over the northeast and midwest who shared this passion for helping reshape the grain economy, sourcing regional grain, crafting the best products possible. Every single person was so generous with their knowledge and desire to share their experience. We were introduced to the next steps of where we wanted to go with our baking and met mentors we still reach out to for guidance including Ellen King, Daniel des Rosiers, Sarah Owens, and Stefan Senders. It was driving back to New York from Maine that I knew it was time to commit full time to baking- and I've not regretted that decision or looked back since! We support The Maine Grain Alliance and The Kneading Conference because these alliances are essential to fostering, inspiring and supporting the relationships which continue to grow and build our grain community.