From Scratch Baking Co. Redefines Generosity with a Sweet Twist

by Rachael L. Jeffers

When you enter the sunshine yellow door of From Scratch Baking Co. you feel like you’re being welcomed straight into owner/chef Katie Johnson’s kitchen with warm, personal touches at every turn. This is a place where smiles abound and the smells of fresh baked goodies – many gluten free or vegan – pull you in to a place that showcases creativity of all types. Putting objectivity aside, this is very possibly the best place to start any Wolfeboro day. (This writer’s favorite is the not-to-be-missed cinnamon buns, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the delicious selection!)

from_scratch_wolfeboro_nh_winnipesaukeeKatie Johnson grew up in Wolfeboro and when she decided it was time to start her own bakery, this small town by Lake Winnipesaukee was the clear choice. Her vision of running a business where people’s abilities and disabilities fade into the background is already becoming clear as her new employees – including sister Kristin Tower – learn the ropes and welcome customers with a smile. Katie currently has two full time employees and a handful of part-time employees with a range of abilities, some of whom work with aids who are helping them to achieve personal and professional goals through a support program run in partnership with Northern Human Services.

When asked what surprised her the most about getting her own bakery up and running Katie paused thoughtfully and immediately sang the praises of each individual who has given so willingly of their time and talent – what she calls “the generosity of God coming through the generosity of people.” From the dedicated plumbers and electricians who made the renovation of this beautiful bakery possible, to the supporters of her Indigogo crowd-funding campaign – for Katie this entire process has been an exercise in learning to accept the help of others and seeing her home town come alive with excitement as they embrace her vision.

As the daughter of a business owner, Katie credits her father with being incredibly supportive and pragmatic – helping her to be aware of the importance of relevancy through all season in a small town. She notes that her most surprising challenge so far has been that “being a young woman, people don’t assume that I’m the person in charge, but I am the boss and I’m excited to be a part of changing perceptions of age and gender.”

From Scratch Baking Co. already has many locals who are becoming ‘regulars’ and as the summer season kicks off it is bound to be a sweet success! Stop in at 36 Center Street for a tasty treat, made with love and keep an eye out for celebrations and activities like the Night Bakery coming soon.

www.fromscratchbakingcompany.com

Rachael is a New England based writer and public historian. She loves travel, photography, and family history – you can learn more about her work at www.rachaeljeffers.com and read more of her writing on her Things That Count blog.