Trumbull woman launches home baking business

TRUMBULL — For years, Melissa Matzke dreamed of possessing a bakery.

The Trumbull resident has extended beloved using her palms and her oven to make exclusive issues. And, even though her occupation took her to other locations for considerably of her daily life, she never ever lost her enthusiasm for baking.

“I baked at home,” Matzke reported. “I baked for good friends. I baked for relatives. I baked for donations.”

In current years, she’s acquired gluten-absolutely free baking, to accomodate her husband’s gluten sensitivity, and she’s figured out extra and a lot more about the science of baking. In between all of her knowledge, and continued compliments from buddies, Matzke started to believe that possibly starting a bakery wasn’t these types of a crazy thought — but she balked at the thought of having a retail space and all the function and bills that came with it.

“It’s a dangerous proposition for everyone to do, primarily a person who hasn’t accomplished this right before,” she claimed.

She made the decision that she would start off her bakery business enterprise from home and mmm…baked goodness was born. Matze’s residence-dependent bakery small business, which she began in January, sells scones, muffins and galettes, all baked in her have oven. It’s a single of numerous residence-based businesses to pop up in Trumbull lately, with other people which includes Pure by ShaSha, which sells natural and organic system butter, facial area scrubs and other goods.

There are various doable reasons for this mini-business enterprise boom, stated Rina Bakalar, Trumbull neighborhood and economic development director. A single is that, in Oct 2018, the Connecticut Department of Purchaser Security commenced accepting purposes below a new “cottage food” regulation from these searching to sell food stuff built in their property kitchens.

Point out legislation earlier needed all foods sellers to use commercial kitchens.

Bakalar said the COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way a large amount of individuals assume about function.

“I believe some people are wanting at reinventing their lives and priorities and wanting at perform in a different way,” she mentioned. “People are using their enthusiasm and starting corporations out of their houses.”

For Matzke, starting off her bakery from residence was a excellent way to dip her toe into the entire world of company ownership.

“To me, the most important benefit to acquiring an in-dwelling small business is that I get to check my enterprise,” she reported. “I acquired to check the principle with a incredibly minimal financial risk.”

Matzke said she is accredited for a cottage kitchen area, that means she can promote the items cooked out of her dwelling.

There are limits to these varieties of enterprises, which include that she just cannot promote any food stuff that demands to be refrigerated. Matzke reported she’d like to investigate growing to a professional kitchen area at some issue, but, appropriate now, she’s concentrating on her rather small listing of products and solutions and selling generally to other individuals in Trumbull.

“My take a look at market was Trumbull and it still is Trumbull,” she claimed. “The community has been overwhelmingly supportive.”

She’s also somewhat limited by the point that she’s baking at property in a regular oven.

“My oven’s like your oven,” she stated. “It’s not especially big and only so considerably suits in it.”

Matzke does most of her baking on Fridays, and juggles the bakery business with her total-time work as a statistician. It is a difficult harmony, but she stated she feels she’s offering an essential services.

“Eating is extremely psychological for men and women,” Matzke explained. “There really should be some satisfaction with it. You should not just throw food items in your mouth and go. There must be some mindfulness to it.”

She’s hoping her food items, which include fresh new components, deliver that for folks.

“It’s made fresh new in the oven,” she reported. “You can taste the butters. You can style the cinnamon and the sugar. I really feel like I’m bringing portion of my dwelling into your home.”