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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Making bread on the mountain slopes in Roxbury

Story in Woodstock Times:

When William Pollien, a.k.a. “Billy the Baker,” completed a three-year apprenticeship in a bakery near Stuttgart, he told his German colleagues that he hoped to open his own bakery in the U.S. They laughed. “It was like I said, ‘I’m going to put up a sign in front of my house that says I’m a doctor and start practicing medicine,’” he recalls. “In Germany, you have to pass tests, and then the government gives you a license to open a bakery.” Pollien did get a commercial license, but there were several twists in the road on the way to establishing his Machu Picchu Organic Bakery in Roxbury, Delaware County. He now supplies artisanal, traditionally made bread to Hurley Ridge Market near Woodstock, Boiceville Market, Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper, and supermarkets in Margaretville and Prattsville. From mid-May to mid-October, Pollien also sells at the weekly Pakatakan Farmer’s Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville.

Machu Picchu Bakery: http://machupicchuorganicbakery.com/

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