Red Wagon Bakery

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When I was a little girl (like, literally the one in the picture), I wanted to be baker, so my mom taught me to bake. Then, I wanted to run a bakery, so my mom helped me put the chocolate chip cookies I baked into Tupperware, transport them to my red Radio Flyer Wagon, and then I proceeded to wheel them down the hill next to my house and sell them for 25 cents a piece to the high schoolers getting out of classes at the prep school where my parents worked. This went on for a year or so, until I began receiving special orders from some of the boys in my father's dorm. My Dad called me one night from dorm duty and said "Jaime will pay you $4.00 for a dozen chocolate chip cookies. Can ya whip 'em up now?" It was 8:00 o'clock at night. Obviously, I went right to work. I was homeschooled...it wasn't like I had homework to do! Thus it went on: I designed order forms, and the boys in my dad's dorm would order my cookies by the dozen. Snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, brownies, a birthday cake or two, but mostly my specialty: chocolate chip cookies. It was quite the little business. Alas, eventually I began attending "real school," and man, homework started piling up.  When was I supposed to keep up with the cookie orders? I put the business on permanent hold. 

In the meantime, I have not stopped baking. I bake when I'm anxious, I bake when I'm bored, and I bake anytime I have an excuse to share it with someone. I can basically bake up chocolate chip cookies with my eyes closed at this point. I love to bake for people, and I love to watch others (hopefully!) enjoy what I bake -- be it cookies, breads, a pie, a quiche, a cake. 

My freshman year of college I infamously got a craving for a key lime pie, but instead of finding a frozen one at the local Wegmans, I insisted upon finding someone to drive me to Wegmans, buying a bag of three dozen key limes (as well as the other necessary ingredients), carting them back to my fourth floor dorm room, squeezing each key lime by hand, assembling the pie, and then walking it down four flights of stairs, through a patch of woods, across a street, and into my friend's house because I didn't have access to an oven in my dorm. That was a well-deserved bite of pie once it finally cooled and set. 

Once I moved out of Freshman housing, I was never without an oven in college again. And during any respite in homework (or rather when I had so much homework I couldn't even think about doing it), I baked. I baked for my housemates, I baked for my friends, for my professors, for parties, for birthdays, for no reason at all. When I finally lived in my own apartment senior year, I hosted dinner parties and found absolute joy in preparing entire meals for my closest friends (with a little help, of course). 

In my job as a nanny these past three years, I was able to put my love of baking to good use: kids love baked goods! In addition, I was only too happy to bake up goodies for the children's bake sales at school, Valentine exchanges, and holiday parties. When the children I nannied were in school, I often used the time in their apartment to experiment and find ways to introduce the kids to new foods through baking.  The family for whom I worked always half-joked that all my baking was practice for when I owned my own bakery someday. "Haha! Someday!" I'd say. Someday indeed. 

As it turns out, "someday" has become this past Saturday when I signed a Purchase and Sales agreement to own and run my very own bakery. So here I am. With the stuff of someday dreams at my doorstep. And I am so thankful for all those "somedays" that helped bring me to where I am, as well as the constant support from my friends, family, and past employers. 

As of January 1st I will relocate to Canaan, NH (where my family has owned a home for the past 27 years) and take control of the bakery. My plan is to shut down for a couple months to make some aesthetic and stylistic changes (although the current establishment is in impeccable shape already!) and have a soft open around March, with a grand opening in the Spring, to which you are all invited! 

Thus, I come to you all with a request for any donation that you might be able to give, to help fulfill my longtime dream. If I have ever baked for you, you know there is little else that brings me greater joy. So if, over the next few months, you have anything to spare or skim off the top to donate, my deepest appreciation will go out to you. Or perhaps, in lieu of a holiday gift this year, you might instead come here and donate. Thank you. 

And for all those who are able to donate, in addition to my unending gratitude, your first meal/baked good/hot beverage or ALL OF THE ABOVE served at Red Wagon Bakery is on the house :) 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

With my love and appreciation, 

Nellie
 
Baker-in-Chief
Red Wagon Bakery
Canaan, NH
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Wow! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated!!! Blown away by your generosity and can't express how grateful I am. Continuing to share to work towards my goal...thanks to all who have spread the word!!!
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