Easter dessert auction

Breads and Beyond Bakery was born out of a love of baking and the mother-daughter team of Jane King and Marty Baumgartner have been operating out of Jane’s home for the past 12 years.

“Marty is the baker, this is her passion. I’m retired so I help out,” said King. “Marty) has experience in food service and has always loved baking, so she wanted to make this her career.”

After more than a decade working out of the home on Ohio 550, where they are licensed as a home bakery by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, King and Baumgartner are looking to move to a more permanent business space in the near future.

“It has been a lot of fun … we are finding people don’t have a lot of time to bake from scratch, so we do it for them,” King said.

The duo also have been vendors at the River City Farmers Market since its inception, when there were only a handful of members. They will be participating in the third annual Easter dessert auction this Saturday.

“(The farmers market) has come so far since we started out with four vendors under the bridge,” King chuckled. “People like local, handmade things and like to know where their food is coming from and that is hasn’t been transported all over the country.”

Along with their usual popular sweetbreads, cinnamon rolls, fudge, cookies and in-demand gluten-free items, Breads and Beyond Bakery will also have peanut butter coconut Easter eggs, challah (braided bread) and a tropical coconut bread as part of the auction.

“It’s more like a cake,” said King. “Lots of icing and coconut.”

Many of the vendors, whether they are butchers, bakers or, yes, even candlestick makers, will bring a variety of sweet goodies to be auctioned off between 9 and 11 a.m., or whenever they are all sold.

“Anybody that wants to will have items to donate,” said Janet Smith, wife of president Gary Smith. “A lot of us aren’t bakers so we buy from other vendors and then auction off what we buy.”

One of those vendors that graciously offers their services to the others is Lisa’s Sweet Stop, located on 5th Street in Beverly, probably best known for its gourmet cupcakes. There will also be cakes, a cherry berry pie and a lemon-lemon pie up for auction.

Owner Lisa Huck has been going to the farmers market for the past four years all because someone said they needed a baker.

“My husband said, ‘You can do it,’ so I did,” said Huck. “We were working out of our home at that time. We will soon be celebrating our one year anniversary at the new location.”

Saturday’s auction will benefit the River City Farmers Market, which suffered a setback nearly a year ago when the rabbit and poultry barn that was its home at the Washington County Fairgrounds burned down.

“We always get a really good turnout,” Huck said. “It’s a lot of friendly competition and a really good way to help the farmers market raise funds.”

The auction will be held outside or moved into the Junior Fair Building in case of rain. More and more produce items are becoming available as spring and summer approach. As always, there are also crafts, meat and poultry items, art, candles and more available.

“We will also have free snacks as a way of giving back to the community,” said King. “We do a lot of these types of community events throughout the year because the community has always been so good to us.: