Looking back on the good ol’ days when we had a filing cabinet in our kitchen… (is that even legal?) -- to what we have now is like going from a can of hamms, to a glorious Central Waters bourbon barrel stout. I’m not saying Hamms is a bad beer, it’s just an upgrade. I had an “office” at the bakery, then moved the bulk of our paperwork, filing boxes, etc. to my home, creating an office there. I found myself in the home office after doing what I needed to do at the bakery, but then would get distracted with laundry, or organizing my cupboards, or taking my dog for a walk. All these things are great, but danggggg - home offices are distracting. This setup was not for me - let’s separate work from home, otherwise that office is going to stare at me while I’m folding laundry on the couch and I’m going to stare back and be like “shhhhh go awayyyyyy bye.”Read More
Greg - freakin’ - Wright.
I could just put him in my back pocket (or apron pocket..?) and take him wherever I go. It would be so convenient - He could help me with any questions I need answers to, and then every once in awhile, he could help shape bread. Don’t worry, there’s benefits for him too. I would give him small bits of our smoked gouda pretzels, and it would be a very fair trade. Greg, you in?
Greg Wright is an amazing leader in our community. He is incredibly talented, has a great sense of humor, and knows how to throw a good party. He also makes a mean brandy slush.
I had a beer with Greg at Guu’s on Main. We laughed, we joked, we talked about the future of Portage County. We talked about the future of the Fox.Read More
I’m currently writing this at the Ruby Cafe in Stevens Point. I’m drinking a zero proof cocktail - the bramble shuffle. Local black raspberries, strawberry simple syrup, sparkling water, & tart cherry siren shrub. It’s incredibly refreshing on this 87 degree day. Thanks Ruby!
Siren Shrub? What in the dickens is that? “Siren Shrubs are a concentrate best served as an accompaniment to sparkling water, splashed into your favorite cocktail or mocktail, simply added to water, or poured and sipped over ice. Shrubs are suitable for all ages.
Siren Shrubs highlight the essence of fruits and herbs picked at the peak of the season. They are combined with organic cane sugar or maple syrup and organic apple cider vinegar to create a shrub.”Read More
You asked questions and let me tell you -- I have the answers.
Q: I would love to know if any of your products are made with enriched flour?
A: Hi Lisa - Thanks for your question! We have quite a few flour varieties in the bakery!
The bulk of our flour comes from King Arthur - - Sir Galahad flour, which is enriched.
Basically, when you strip away the bran & the germ of the wheat berry, you are left with the endosperm,
which is used in all white flours. The endosperm doesn’t contain many nutrients, which is why they throw in a
few added nutrients. When King Arthur ‘enriches’ this variety of flour, these are the added nutrients :
niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, & folic acid. Their flour is never bleached or bromated
(which is an added chemical most put in to speed up the milling process). King Arthur is the most
consistent with their flour, which is what matters most to professional bakers. King Arthur Flour ensures
that our products adhere to the tightest tolerances in the milling industry. We also use a variety of whole grain flours
grown & milled right in Wisconsin! Here’s a link to our newsletter a few months back regarding Meuer Farms!
Q: What is the most number of people working in your space at one time?
A: As I type this, I’m counting 6. Sometimes we have 7, but that’s impractical because you can’t
be the most efficient when you have 1” of tablespace to make cookies on… Yep, it’s a tight space, but we
make the most out of it, coming up with new strategies to make the best use of our time. Even though we close at 2,
we are still here until 6p to prep everything for the following day. We need that afternoon of calm to
really get all the little things done. Thanks for your question, Becky!
Q: Do the bakers have different shifts?
A: Yep! Someone starts at 4A to get the ovens fired up and start weighing out all the sourdoughs!
Then there’s that 5A pastry shift to start the bread mixes for the next day, as well as bake off all the sweets
& set up the counter! 5:30A rolls around and that person continues with the mixes and keeps the
bread oven fully stocked, also making sure the counter is looking drop dead gorgeous,
while setting aside all the special orders and wholesale bread.
6A is here and well, someone’s gotta put together the Ruby order & deliver by 6:30A. 7A counter shift starts,
throw on that apron, and you better have your smile on because you are about to serve the best of the best
in Stevens Point, WI - K? So where are we at? That’s 5 people so far. 10A and thank goodness we have someone
taking care of all the daily counter prep for the next day! I’m either working one of these shifts, doing dishes
(my favorite job, seriously), organizing something, maybe at the office, running errands, or
who knows...maybe mowing my lawn? I hope that answers your question!
And finally (this has nothing to do with anything), but here’s my go-to recipe when I
need to make a dinner that will impress. Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas.
More answers to come - Thank you all who submitted questions!
It’s never too late to ask more - just simply reply to this email!
That’s it for today, but more to come!
Ta ta for now,
Sarah Jo More
owner & operator of MGB
FNF, as well call it : ), in Wisconsin Rapids has been selling our loaves for quite some time now! I’m pretty sure they were the ones that gave us the idea of selling wholesale bread years ago and BAM - MGB is in their shop! Thanks for the push guys! They have been extremely committed to having quality bread for sale & really promoting our business!Read More
Let’s hear it. Ask away! I want to know what questions you have for us! I’m not sure how I’ll move forward with this - maybe I’ll answer all of them in the next email or two! I’m sure some questions may require a little more depth - maybe I’ll make it into a newsletter!Read More
OKKKKKKK. I finally went. It’s been my goal for about a year and a half to see what Chris was up to, using our bread for his sandwiches in the back of Galaxy Comics.. like what? I took the one & only Lisa Young with to capture our experience. I do not know anything about comics, but what I do know is that this space is bright, historical brick walled, organized, clean, and DANG GIRL DANG they have amazing food available -- not just for their comic friends, but everyone is invited! Want to go with me next time? This is what I ordered off their menu:Read More
If you’ve been eyeing up one of our coffee tumblers, you are in luck! Starting tomorrow, our ‘rosefinch’ & ‘moss’ coffee tumblers from MyByta are on sale! We have a few left, and we are looking to put some new colors on the shelf!Read More
When I opened the bakery in 2011, I was all for it because I enjoyed baking. I also enjoyed creating new spaces, organizing, setting things up, paint colors, putting things in their places… you get it. I enjoy hosting. I wanted to create a space for people to gather, hang out for a bit, & eat a cookie. I was 21 at the time, so I’ll admit I was just in the moment. I didn’t have a 1 year plan, a 5 year plan, or a 10 year plan (do people even do that..?)
Have you had any of our specialty cheesecakes yet? Every week we offer a few different varieties of cheesecakes in our cooler & it’s always fun to come up with new varieties! Speaking of, today Shelbie made a cherry cardamom cheesecake bar today & guess where the cherries came from?Read More
Ruby Roasters Stevens Point Cafe opened their doors this past Saturday -- serving our lovely community the best maple latte in all the land! Their soft opening last week was a success and instagram was blowwwinnn’ up with all the photos & positive comments regarding their new space, food, coffee, & sweet treats.Read More
“We should really start offering toast with good stuff on it.” I’m pretty sure that’s how it all started. My husband, Michael & I often eat a lot of bread. Focaccia on the stove, eggs on top, a good garlic spread, throw on some greens & sprinkle that everything spice! Or, sesame semolina, date & almond hummus from the SPA co-op, sharp cheddar cheese & black sea salt. These kind of snacks are the go-to in our household. Oh wait, can’t forget my absolute favorite -- Fig Fennel Hazelnut, goat cheese & honey. GAH. That’s what I’m taking with me the next time someone asks “If you were on an island and could only eat one thing, what would it be?” Actually, it used to be french fries or barbecue chips, but I think I’m switching it, like right now.Read More
“Ladies… I’ll take 8 Salted Caramel Monkey Breads” said the big guy. Loud voice, missing a tooth, very polite. Presley replied, “Why don’t you make it 10?” I was putting away sourdough loaves in the back corner of the bakery, crouched down, bottom rack, and said quietly to myself “Sell it girl, sell it.” I THOUGHT I said it quietly, but the big guy said “Did I just hear someone say sell it girl, sell it?” He immediately laughed so loud. I got up from the back and looked at him like a deer in headlights. We laughed again and boom -- friends. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James Jernberg - owner of Fiternal CrossFit in Stevens Point.Read More
Maybe you’ve heard the good news, and maybe you haven’t, but RUBY Roasters is opening a new cafe downtown Stevens Point and we CAN’T. FREAKIN. WAIT.
I’ve been obsessing over their new space, driving past it every week to see any update possible! The latest & greatest is their front porch, awning, & signage! GEEEEEEEEE.
Did you know that more than half of our flour is sourced locally right here in Wisconsin? Meuer Farm, located in Chilton, WI supplies the whole grains we use in our baked goods. We currently use their spelt flour, rye, and whole wheat. We are so fortunate to have them sustainably growing grains in our area! Here’s a little ditty right from their website about offering such a great product!Read More
Last week Quyen (owner of Assembly), and I went live on Instagram!
What’s Instagram Live? It’s a feature on Instagram Stories that allows us to stream video to followers and engage with them in real time! Our followers can comment & ask questions along the way!
I was hanging out on my front porch about 4 years ago, when I got a Facebook message from the one and only Layne Cozzolino. “Girl, you should sell these bread wraps in the shop!” OF COURSE Layne would be the first person to know about these adorable, reusable wraps! So for that, I am very grateful! She included the link to their website, and BAM. I ordered. Thanks Layne ; )Read More
Did you know we have been making oatmeal cream pies since day ONE? Like February 11, 2011? Which means, we’ve been scooping oatmeal cookies & mixing up honey buttercream for 8 years. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. That’s a lot of cream pies.
When I was a kid, my dad would wake up my sisters & I early on Saturday mornings. “Psssst, I’m going to the gas station. Wanna come with?” For him, it meant drinking black coffee with my grandpa + a bunch of buddies right next to those moving slushy machines. For us, it was a whole different story. We got to peruse the candy aisle, look at gas station gadgets, check out that blue slush puppy machine, and eventually we got to pick out a treat (the highlight)! I would either go for the little Debbie oatmeal cream pies, or a whatchamacallit candy bar. And that was that. So simple, but so memorable.Read More