This is a longer post than usual to honor someone very special in our community. Enjoy!
Margie Gaffron holds a Springerle rolling pin
Baby Lebkuchen, right out of the oven
Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery has been wafting delicious aromas of freshly baked bread and treats all over Centre County since 1982. Sadly (for us), this is the final year to indulge in their delicious homemade treats.
Margie Gaffron, wife to Mr. Gaffron – the well-loved Penns Valley English teacher – is retiring at the end of this month. Let’s give them a wonderful final season, supporting their bakery, and showing an enormous thank-you for the sweets and culture that she has brought to our community over the past 30 years.
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Margie in her bakery one evening last week. I could have stayed for hours: she is so kind. Her bakery is a delicious place: it smells good, feels warm, is full of beautiful tools and baked-goods, and is perfectly complemented by Margie’s joyful presence.
This weekend (December 13-14), Margie will be bringing lots of cakes and cookies to the 25th Annual Mifflinburg Christkindl Market. Sunrise Bakery has become such a beloved vendor there, that people travel from all over just to buy up all of the Stollen, Springerle, Pfeffernusse or Lebkuchen. Margie anticipates selling out of several items that she will not be making again after the Market. So, if you’re looking for a great opportunity to sample and purchase Margie’s creations, this is the year to attend the Christkindl Market and make a bee-line towards the Sunrise Bakery booth.
Beautiful Springerle molds made from wood and resin
One evening, my friends and I sampled several delicious Sunrise Bakery cookies…
We enjoyed them all, but our top vote went to the Snickerdoodles (we’re kids at heart). We also highly recommend the Russian Tea Cakes. My friend who is a trained taste-tester preferred the Ginger Springerle and the Gingersnaps.
Purchase your holiday fruitcake and cookie plate from Gaffron’s bakery this year. You can pick up Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery items from Tait Farm, Nature’s Pantry, or by calling Margie and placing an order. She wants you to call and order something special for your holiday festivities; don’t be shy! Call her: 364-2650 or 364-2642.
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift that will knock the socks off of a baker, buy the whole bakery with a bow on top. No joke. Sunrise Bakery is for sale!
Margie’s beloved mixer
Margie is selling the business: the assets, the client database, the equipment, the recipes, you-name-it. She’s even including her expertise, offering to train the buyer to produce the same quality products that Sunrise Bakery has been baking for 30 years.
Small, medium, and large Fruitcakes, dipped faithfully in brandy
Enjoy your home,