I started Butterfly Bakery of Vermont in 2003 baking cookies in the middle of the night in a local coffee shop. Some days I would be baking 5 pm to 5 am, then drop off the goodies to stores before going home to crash long enough to be refreshed for my “day job.” It only took a year or so of that before I found a better kitchen to rent that actually had daytime hours available. That kitchen was 3 miles along a dirt road near the top of a mountain, but I could fit up to 40 sheet pans in the oven at once, so that was nice.
In 2007 I finally got a space to call my own. I bought the equipment and moved into my lovely little bakery home on Barre St in Montpelier. Everything was cozy and copacetic there for a while, but it turned out that doing all of the baking while trying to run a full time business really only worked when I had the limitless energy of a single 20-something woman. Getting married and having children really put my priorities in perspective (as well as my finances - daycare is a pricey commitment), so I decided to grow the business. I hired my first employee in 2014 and in 2015 I expanded my tiny hot sauce side business into something that might actually pay some bills.
I’m committed to slow, sustainable growth using local ingredients because I want to own the kind of company that I would want to work for and buy from. I buy all of our chili peppers and maple syrup directly from the small-scale Vermont farmers who grow and tend their fields and woods. And I firmly believe that if I can’t pay livable wages that I should leave the employing to someone who can. I don’t know where each chapter of growth will take my little homespun business, but I am lucky to wake up each day loving what I do.