Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery: Day 10 of “12 Days of Christmas: Penns Valley Gift Guide”

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 FarmNature’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

Make this Christmas a memorable (and historic) one: include sweets from Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery. Call: 814-364-2642, email [email protected], visit their facebook page or their website.

(For a look at last year’s “Penns Valley Gift Guide” click here!)

 Enjoy your home,

About Laura

We are one little family and we're on a mission: we want to discover our hometown and share the treasures with you! Just think of all the tractor-pulls, restaurants, farm stands, mom-and-pop shops, and local attractions that we'll enjoy together. We hope that our discoveries and ideas strengthen your family and our hometown Penns Valley, Pennsylvania.
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6 Responses to Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery: Day 10 of “12 Days of Christmas: Penns Valley Gift Guide”

  1. Erin H. says:

    I *love* their Springerle! Cannot believe that she’s retiring, but now I have a wish item for my Christmas list to Santa: I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery! :)

  2. Laura says:

    Erin, I must say that when I heard the bakery is for sale, I thought of you immediately… :)

  3. Katie B says:

    I didn’t know there was a bakery in the valley. Where is it located exactly? So sad that I’ve missed out on it for the few years we’ve lived here.

  4. Ceci Rusnak says:

    What a wonderful service you’re doing for the community, Laura. And obviously having fun at it too!

    Thank you!

  5. Laura says:

    Katie – the bakery itself is in a building extension off of Margie’s garage. She doesn’t sell her goods out of the bakery, but sells them at the Farmer’s Markets, Tait Farm, Christkindl Market, and Nature’s Pantry. You can also order anything over the phone. :)

  6. Laura says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Ceci! It certainly is a joy to offer! (And sometimes, quite delicious!)

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