Looking back over the last year and a bit, since I formally started selling bread to businesses in the local area, its surprising how my orders have changed. Back at the beginning, I supplied Spelt and Rye Sourdough to Oats, and a few Cheese and Onion Rolls to the West Country Deli. Then Millie and Me came on board and products developed.
There have been times when I have done Soda Bread, and Spelt Panini, but they have faded from popularity over the months. As have the Cheese and Onion Rolls, although I still sell a lot of them in Gravesend.
The new products have had a mixed reception, some that I thought would be sure fire winners, like the Chocolate Bread, sank without a trace. Others have stayed, like the Curry Bun and the Marmite Bread. As well as bread, I've made crumpets, muffins and crackers, all of which seem to go down well.
And I have a few new customers, I sell Rye Sourdough to Polish people, (Who KNOW a bit about it) and a much larger range of Organic breads.
My Dairy free Teacakes have been commented about on Trip advisor, and I have had mentions in several local food and lifestyle magazines. So all in all an eventful year.
Monday morning is Sourdough time, when my three starters have a meal and some TLC, ready for the weeks work, and I have a regular flour delivery once a month, which just keeps pace with orders.
I've worn out one mixer, and an oven, and had blisters from shaping rolls.(don't ask)
White Panini rolls for my latest customer, I'm waiting on feedback.
It makes me wonder, what will happen next year?