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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 28 2014 10:01 PM UTC +00:00
$5,251
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
75
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 28 2014 10:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Duck Island Bread Company is a genuine scratch-bakery where we celebrate and honor the traditions of European bakers. Called "The future of bread on Long Island" by Newsday food writer Erica Marcus, we hand-craft all of our breads and pastries in small batches, using only the finest quality ingredients. We never use preservatives, dough conditioners, commercially available mixes, or mass produced ready-to-bake products.

Our philosophy in bread baking is that no bread is baked before its time. The goal is to allow each small batch of dough to develop its flavors naturally through hours of fermentation, without the addition of commonly used artificial ingredients' such as flavor enhancers or improvers. Our breads are also leavened naturally, by capturing the wild yeast spores present in the air and grain. We have patiently fermented wheat and rye flour and have grown thriving cultures of wild yeast. We use these cultures to leaven our rye bread, and some of our wheat breads. This time honored method of leavening passed on for generations by bread bakers, produces wonderfully delicious bread with a depth of flavor like no other.

Our enriched breads and pastries are also prepared with only the highest quality of ingredients. Using wheat flour from the King Arthur Flour Company, whole milk, local farm-fresh eggs, minimally refined sugar, and European style unsalted butter, we hand-craft Cinnamon Buns, Granny Apple Crumb Buns, Brioche, Raspberry Rolls, Morning Buns, pure butter Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Almond Croissants, Kouign Amann, savory Croissants and many other delicious pastries.

With the help of great friends and a very supportive family, we have just successfully completed our third season at the Northport Farmers' Market. It's now time to continue to serve our wonderfully loyal customers all year round. In order to do that we have rented a small retail spot in Huntington, New York. It's not big, but it's large enough to create a local shop where people will always be able to get fresh baked, made-from-scratch, bread and pastries. 

New home of Duck Island Bread Company
New home of Duck Island Bread Company
COMING SOON!
COMING SOON!

There's a lot of work needed to be done in the the start-up of our shop. We're building counters, replacing wall covering, ceiling tiles and light fixtures. We also need to purchase additional equipment in order to increase  production. This equipment includes refrigeration, an additional deck for the Pavailler oven, a spiral dough mixer and a retarder/proofer. This equipment will let us bake more bread and pastries so we can grow our business through the retail shop, and by expanding to additional farmers' markets next season. 

We've got a 3-year track record of success and just need a little help to move forward and grow. If you'd like to contribute to the Duck Island Bread Company start-up fund, you can do so right here. In return, we've put together some pretty tasty rewards to express our gratitude. Our goal is to create a bakery experience like no other for the local community. A place for you where you can come to watch and learn all about what goes into your baked goods. Take a look below and I think you'll agree that we create something really special. Thank you for your support. 

Baguettes, Gruyere Cheese Bread & Fougasse
Baguettes, Gruyere Cheese Bread & Fougasse
Butter Croissant
Butter Croissant
Butter Croissant
Butter Croissant
Pain au Chocolat
Pain au Chocolat
Almond Croissant
Almond Croissant
Raspberry Roll
Raspberry Roll
Kouign Amann
Kouign Amann
Pain au Raisin
Pain au Raisin
Morning Bun
Morning Bun
Baguettes
Baguettes
Baguettes
Baguettes
Fougasse
Fougasse
Boogasse for Halloween
Boogasse for Halloween
Boogasse eating Pretzel Knots
Boogasse eating Pretzel Knots
Rye Bread & Rolls
Rye Bread & Rolls
Rye Bread
Rye Bread
Rye Bread
Rye Bread
Durum Wheat Bread
Durum Wheat Bread
Durum Wheat Bread (Sicilian Style)
Durum Wheat Bread (Sicilian Style)
Durum Wheat Bread
Durum Wheat Bread
Duck Island Sour Dough Bread
Duck Island Sour Dough Bread
Duck Island Sour Dough Bread
Duck Island Sour Dough Bread
Duck Island Ciabatta
Duck Island Ciabatta
Duck Island Pretzel Loaf
Duck Island Pretzel Loaf
Duck Island Bavarian Style Pretzel
Duck Island Bavarian Style Pretzel
Duck Island Gruyere Cheese Bread
Duck Island Gruyere Cheese Bread
LI Business News
LI Business News

Risks and challenges

This is my first venture as an entrepreneur and I recognize all of the risks associated with the start-up of a food service business. That is why I started small, originally working out of a rented bakery space and selling my baked goods at a farmers' market.

The business has grown remarkebly over three years because there is a large market and demand for the quailty of bread and pastries that we provide. The key to our success has been to use the best ingredients, pay attention to details, and make it better than the next baker. Whether a loaf of bread or a pastry, I strive for perfection in every step of production. I don't want my baguette or croissant to be as good as you would find in Paris; I want them to be better!!

I've also learned that building a business is like running a marathon. (After turning 50, I successfully completed five Marine Corps Marathons. So I know what I'm talking about.) Create the vision, adapt to change, take it one step at a time, and you'll finish strong every time.

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