Local Vendor of the Month:
River Street Stuffed Bagels
by Lisa Bashert, Marketing Coordinator
’Member way back when the Co-op carried those great stuffed bagels made by the Grain Dance Bakery in PawPaw? Well, now they are available again, coming to you direct from the wood-fired brick oven of the River Street Bakery, made by the skillful hands of the daughter of the original baker, our own Hope Thomas. Hope is a 4th generation cooperator, carrying on her legendary family tradition today at the Ypsi Food Co-op.
One of Hope’s earliest memories was the smell of the bagels being baked. She practically grew up at Grain Dance and the PawPaw Co-op, where her father was the general manager and her parents first met. Her mother began baking the bagels at least 20 years ago and made many kinds: pizza, veggie feta, even sweet varieties.
Hope plans to replicate all the kinds of stuffed bagels she grew up eating and loving in PawPaw. She is the one in the family who first expressed an interest in baking and carrying on Co-op traditions.
If you’re looking to get the Stuffed Bagels fresh, they are baked on Monday afternoons and will be available after 5:00pm hot from the oven. Or you can get them every day of the week (while they last!) from our freezer case.
Thanks to Hope for carrying on Co-op baking traditions into the future — in this International Year of Cooperatives, it seems very fitting, indeed.
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