Patti and Jake, owners and operators of Blue Mountain Baking Co., have been a fixture at the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market for three years. With their bright smiles and warmth, market guests may not know the sheer amount of work required to pull off the delicious weekly display for which the bakery is known.
“It is a lot of physical labor,” Patti says. “Most of the bags we use weigh fifty pounds. Then you only have a two-to-three-minute error gap on just about anything you make. You have to pay serious attention to detail. If you don’t, you’re going to burn something.”
Together, Patti and Jake oversee all aspects of the operation from the baking itself, to assembly and to packaging.
“We are both equally hands-on — except Jake does a bit more quality control, testing the product for us,” Patti jokes, hinting at her husband’s sampling habit.
The bakery offers an expansive variety of sweet hand pies, savory pockets, sweet breads, cookies and fruit bars.
While some classic flavors remain the same week-to-week, Patti and Jake enjoy incorporating seasonal flavors into their offerings.
“On the first market of September, we’ll get into our fall series which will feature pumpkin, pecan, chocolate and butterscotch,” Patti says. “They’re some of our more filling, warming hand pies.”
As for personal favorites? Patti says their sugar cookies are her personal kryptonite.
“I have eaten way too many of those,” she says.
Jake is more of a savory pocket guy himself, with Blue Mountain Baking Co. offering selections of pepperoni pizza, ham and triple cheese and spinach artichoke.
“The biggest reward that Jake and I experience comes from the fact that we love feeding and serving people. We just love being in community with people,” Patti says.
“We’ve made so many friends through it,” Jake adds.
“When you share a meal with someone, even if you’re not physically eating with them, it brings you closer,” Patti shares. “I cannot tell you how many times people that visit our booth tell us, ‘It’s like you guys put a little love in there,’ and we really do. We put our whole heart and soul into this.”
The market is the source of unique energy to the couple.
“In our normal life, we stick to home and we’re content with that,” Patti says. “We love talking to people. It’s our favorite day of the week. It’s the day where we reap the harvest of all of the hard work that we’ve done. People are so full of excitement to be there.”
Jake notes that it’s “the people, the customers, that is our driving force.”
Says Patti, “This market is truly the gathering place for the community, I’ve never been to a farmers market that has this much joy. People want to draw back into the community and they realize how important supporting small businesses are.”
Patti and Jake always prioritize thanking their customers for their continued support of Blue Mountain Baking Co.
In turn, Patti says, customers frequently acknowledge how important it is to support small businesses.
“We hear that again and again and I think that’s part of why the market is doing so well,” she says. “Market guests understand that it’s us little people, the small businesses, that are hurting the most right now.”
In the SFAM’s offseason, Blue Mountain Baking Co. can usually be found at various holiday shows in the area. However, as the future of certain gatherings remains uncertain, the bakery duo is gearing up for the holiday season by collecting emails at their market booth to keep patrons in the loop for upcoming standalone pop-up sales.
Visit Blue Mountain Baking Co. every Saturday through October from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, located at Sequim Civic Center plaza.
Emma Jane Garcia is Marketing Manager for the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market. See www.sequim market.com.