ABOUT THE BAKERY
We are a small wood fired bakery specializing in workshops and baking intensives. Acting as a bridge between home bakers and the professional world, our aim is to provide learning experiences that foster personal growth through a creative and technical understanding of baking.
We accomplish this through facilitating an educational environment where participants are encouraged to ask questions, share life experiences and make connections while working together. We seek to improve the future of food two hands at a time.
The bakery is located in Marshall, North Carolina. Marshall is a modern village where the pursuits of agriculture, art and honest living collide with rural mountain life and all its various challenges and charms.
Smoke Signals found a home here in the Fall of 2013 and is the third baking project to hold the space. Prior to us hanging our shingle, it was occupied by Farm & Sparrow and was originally founded in 1998 by Jennifer Lapidus who operated the pioneering Natural Bridge Bakery. We are excited to use what was once a daily production bakery as a classroom for bakers from all walks for life.
We use a wood fired, Alan Scott, outdoor oven for all our baking needs. Baking with fire ignites a primal connection through which we tap into our intuition. Continually inspired by the work of Alan Scott, we hold his words near: "There is a growing need to encourage the family and community baker/ nurturer...this growing knowledge and the skills to implement it will add to our ability to serve our families, friends and community."
OUR CORE VALUES
THINK OF FLOUR AS FRESH PRODUCE.
LEARN ONE RECIPE LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND.
ART AND SCIENCE ARE MEANT TO REINFORCE EACH OTHER, NOT UNDERMINE EACH OTHER. ALL BINARIES ARE FALSE.
KEEP A JOURNAL / BE OBSERVANT.
WORK IS THE ONLY TRUTH. LEARN TO TRUST.
ENGAGE THE INTELLIGENCE OF YOUR BODY.
VALUE THE ENTIRE PROCESS, NOT JUST THE FINAL RESULT.
STRIVE, BUT TAKE BREAKS.
KEEP A CLEAR MIND AND A CLEAN WORK SPACE.
LIVED EXPERIENCE INFORMS TECHNIQUE.
STRENGTH THROUGH DIVERSITY, NOT MONOCULTURE. BE A LITTLE WILD.