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{wood fired} bread. pizza. pastry. coffee. tea. wine.
{wood fired} bread. pizza. pastry. coffee. tea. wine.
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Brimfield Bread Oven: A Wood Fired Bakery and Cafe

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Brimfield Bread Oven will be a European style bakery and cafe in Brimfield, Ohio. We will provide Northeast Ohio with high quality pastries and naturally leavened breads featuring locally sourced grains and ingredients; all baked in our hand-built 20 ton wood-fired masonry oven. We will also offer a comfortable cafe environment where people can enjoy spending time together over coffee and pastry, or grab bread or a sandwich for a picnic. 

Warthog wheat in the field (left) and milled (right) at Breakneck Acres Farm in Ravenna
Warthog wheat in the field (left) and milled (right) at Breakneck Acres Farm in Ravenna

Our Story

Jud and Genevieve Smith have a combined 15 years of baking experience, and an unyielding love for and belief in one another. Jud has lots of food service experience from his teens and early twenties and always loved a good bakery but he never anticipated becoming a baker himself. A friend got him a job working the counter at The Great Lakes Baking Company in Hudson, Ohio in January of 2008. He quickly fell in love with the trade and eagerly learned how to bake from his fellow bakers and practiced at home as often as possible; there was no going back! He went on to learn and grow as a baker under the guidance of Certified Master Baker Jeffrey Hamelman and the team of highly skilled bakers and pastry chefs at the King Arthur Flour Bakery in Vermont, where Genevieve joined him and honed her skills at pastry baking. 

Jud and Gen at King Arthur Flour (left) and Jud and Gen's wedding miche (right)
Jud and Gen at King Arthur Flour (left) and Jud and Gen's wedding miche (right)

Jud and Genevieve considered staying in Vermont, but their hearts pulled them to return home to Northeast Ohio and open a small craft bakery of their own. They spent a year living in Cleveland while they researched good locations for a bakery. Jud continued to bake at Blackbird Baking Company in Lakewood and Genevieve put her MBA to good use working at a small startup sustainability business. 

In the spring of 2014, Jud and Genevieve bought a house in Brimfield and opened Brimfield Bread Oven that summer (as a cottage food, farmers market business), using a small mobile wood-fired oven parked in their driveway. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of a community eager for good bread, they had a very successful season selling products at farmers markets and local stores. They learned from their health department that fall that they were not permitted to use an oven located outdoors, and had to put the cottage foods business on hold while planning the next step. Since running a retail bakery had always been their long-term goal, they decided to go for it and open a brick and mortar store. 

How You Can Help

Under construction!
Under construction!

In April 2015, we rented a space on Route 43 in Brimfield that's perfect for our bakery. The first half of summer was spent preparing the architectural drawings and working with the building, health, plumbing, sewer, and EPA (water) departments to help bring our space to code; our plans have been approved from the these departments and now its time to begin construction! Our new wood fired oven, designed by Alex Chernov (Stovemaster) and built by Matt Helicke (Lefthand Masonry) and Joe Janowski, is already finished. 

Our beautiful 20 ton masonry oven and its first baby fire!!!
Our beautiful 20 ton masonry oven and its first baby fire!!!

So far, we've covered the costs of the renovation and oven ourselves, but we need help to finish the job. Specifically, we'd like to put the money from this Kickstarter campaign towards renovating the bakery's production kitchen, which needs brand new plumbing, electric, HVAC, work tables and sinks. Our hope is to have our doors open this November so we can get busy baking for the 2015 holiday season! We've put together a lot of great rewards we think you'll love; check them out here -->

Here's the breakdown of how we will spend the 20K:

  • Dig the floor up to lay the new plumbing line for the sinks (50+ feet to where it hooks up!) and re-pour the concrete floor
  • Install 3 sinks (3 compartment, food prep and hand sink)
  • Install a floor drain
  • Rewire the electric for the entire production room (it was on the wrong meter when we got it) and install all new outlets for our small amount of equipment
  • Add heating and cooling vents to the existing furnace to add the room to the temperature controlled part of the building
  • Add a drop ceiling and lights
  • Add insulation and new drywall with FRP panels on top
  • Seal the concrete floor for food safety requirements
  • Buy 3 benches for the dough!

This is only part of our construction plans. We also have 3 other areas to completely remodel to make our space ready. It will be amazing! We can't wait to show you!

Stretch Goals

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Risks and challenges

We have already overcome most of the biggest risks and challenges with opening a business.

Our architectural designs and plans are fully approved by the Health Department, Plumbing Department, Building Department, Fire Department, Sewer Department and Zoning Department. We have our contractors selected and are ready for the construction. Raising enough funding is our biggest final challenge to opening, but once we are open, we already have wholesale accounts lined up and a great menu for our retail shop.

We are both experienced in baking and bakery management and make the perfect team for running a successful bakery. We have been planning this shop for 7 years!

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    WEBSITE THANK YOU - Your name listed on our website's thank you page! (This is included in all of our rewards above this level, too).

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    BREAD - Personal thank you card from us, a sticker, and two loaves of bread. Bread is local pickup only; if you can't pick it up at the shop, we will give your bread to someone in need on your behalf.

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    3 RECIPES AND SOURDOUGH STARTER - We will email you 3 of our recipes for baking at home with a video and you will also receive some of our dried sourdough starter with instructions on how to rehydrate and care for it. (U.S. shipping only for the sourdough starter. If you live out of the country, we will include instructions on how to start your own from scratch.)

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    BREAD FIELD GUIDE POSTER - We are making a custom art poster to look like field guide notes of a botanist, except for bread and grain. This will be 24" tall by 18" wide.

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    T-SHIRT - A Brimfield Bread Oven t-shirt, personal thank you card and an "I love bread" sticker.

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    TOTE BAG - Personal thank you card, a sticker, and a Brimfield Bread Oven tote bag.

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    PIZZA DATE NIGHT DINNER FOR TWO - Dinner is on us! Call in advance and we'll reserve and decorate a table just for you and your date.

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    ADVENTURE PICNIC BASKET FOR TWO - Take this boxed lunch outside for an adventure. This includes a map of some of our favorite picnic spots in the area (just for fun). Perfect in any season!

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    BREAD SUBSCRIPTION - Bread subscription for 3 months for you or gifted to a friend. Includes 1 loaf of bread a week for 3 months (a total of 13 loaves of bread)! Local pickup only.

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    INVITE TO OUR GRAND OPENING PARTY FOR YOU AND A FRIEND - Enjoy delicious food, live music and a tour of the bakery. Depending on how many people get this reward, we may have this at two separate times.

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    BREAD CLASS for you and a friend! Learn to bake sourdough bread in our wood fired oven and go home with goodies from the store, your own loaf and a piece of our sourdough starter.

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    PIZZA PARTY - Private pizza party for you and 15 of your friends. All you can eat wood fired pizza and other treats from the oven!

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    BAKE WITH US - You and a friend can spend a full day in the bakery with us and go home with a tote bag full of baked goodies.

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    BAKING CLASS AT YOUR HOUSE - We will bring our mobile oven to your house (within a 45 mile radius of Akron, OH) and give you and up to 10 of your friends an introductory, hands-on, outdoor, wood-fired baking class. Everyone will participate in making bread, pastry and pizza during this class. We anticipate this to be at least a 4 hour event.

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