Working hard to help small producers in our community survive
Hunnypot Cottage Bakery is a small artisan home bakery with a big mission.
Run by baker Ruth Redgate, this small local business is working tirelessly to help other local businesses to grow and keep community spirit alive.
The bakery supplies fresh-baked bread and pastries to local suppliers including farmshops, butchers and cafes. Ruth also actively promotes local events such as Lichfield Food Festival and Armed Forces Weekend and the Autumn Festival at the National Memorial Arboretum. She is President of the Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Vice Chair of the Staffordshire Society of Country Markets, both supporting local retailers and businesses, and she actively networks for small businesses online. It’s not all business though; she volunteers and bakes for the YMCA night shelter and is planning to launch the Lichfield Slow Food Group to support the town’s food retailers.
If that wasn’t enough, Ruth also runs the Mercia Food Hub, bringing another 28 (so far) local food producers and small businesses together to supply fresh produce and products to the community.
Throughout Covid-19 she has been tirelessly collecting, packing and delivering fresh vegetables, meat, plants and, of course, bread.
Baking healthier bread – day and night
Hunnypot Cottage Bakery focuses on producing Real Bread as far as possible – without additives or processing aids. She bakes a beautiful Borodinsky Rye and Staffordshire knot, but also creates exciting new flavours such as Rosemary, Stilton and Onion and her new Thai chili range , and Citron and White Chocolate.
All of the baking, kneading, proving and creativity happens in Ruth’s home kitchen. The demand on her, particularly over the last 3 months, has meant getting up at 3am to prepare and begin baking before the day’s collections begin, and finishing late in the evening.
Why I’m asking for your help
My name is Gayle Edwards. Ruth was just another network contact 4 years ago – now she is not only a friend, she has actively networked, shared, promoted and helped me grow my own business - and I am not the only one. Ruth know, remembers and cares about every small business in the area, and improving our community. She gives up her free time to be part of the Chamber, the Country Markets, a Scout Leader and a YMCA volunteer.
Can you help me help Hunnypot Cottage Bakery? We’re raising money to buy a new bread oven and the cost of converting a small outhouse into a mini, purpose-built bakery. Every penny will go towards this ambitious but much needed project.
With a bread oven and space specifically for baking, Ruth can produce larger orders for more local businesses. She can automate some of her processes – allowing her to get a little bit more sleep. With more time on her hands, she can continue to expand the Food Hub, helping more local producers bring their products to a wider audience. And her family can have their kitchen back!
It would be amazing to help Ruth create her very own bakery. It’s a very simple and minimal plan, fully compliant with Food Standards requirements but without luxuries. It’s not been possible for this small business to get a loan.
Ruth has shown how much she cares about helping her local community in the last months and years. She has supported so many small businesses to get started, be noticed and grow. Could you help me show how much we value her too?