RAISED IN RAMPTON
Independent Artisan Micro Bakery
Having had time to reflect during my first ‘real‘ holiday since COVID and following a crazy two years running with the adventures and opportunities that Raised in Rampton has brought to me, I have decided to take a step back from full-time baking.
I have been incredibly lucky on this journey as being a full-time baker/ small business owner has never been a planned occupation or business venture, it just so happened that I grew a sourdough starter during lockdown that created some extremely tasty bread, people were (and still are) kind enough to stock and buy my products and I ended up in a position where I could give running a small business a real go.
There have been some incredible highlights:
There are plenty of reasons behind the decision to continue on a much smaller scale both, commercial and personal, and although I have been very tempted to continue as is and just run with it to see where it takes me, the sensible decision is to finish on a high and to continue Raised in Rampton more as a hobby.
One of the questions I have been asked since Day 1 has been, where do you see yourself in five years which in all honesty I have never been able to answer because I just didn’t know. It took until now (and visiting various larger scale bakeries) to figure out that baking on a large(r) scale as I do now, growing bigger and employing more staff is not what I would like to do.
Over the time I have worked out that I enjoy being creative, coming up with different products (that aren’t always easy to sell, package and store when popping up in various locations) and that my dream is owning a bijou bakery/cafe (that isn’t in my own house).
However, in the current economic climate with rising fuel & energy prices, prices of ingredients rising and the potential of flour/grain prices sky rocketing due to the Ukraine/Russia crisis and the extremely hot weather causing UK harvests expected to be minimal, the risk of recession and customer’s pockets being squeezed due to the rise of cost of living, that is not a step I am able or prepared to take at the current time. To protect myself and my family, I am returning to employment with a regular income, set hours, holiday and sick pay.
On a personal level, I am excited to get my kitchen back and get back to enjoy cooking dinners etc, get more sleep, spend more time with my family, have a social life and wear heels and nice clothes again whilst not being covered in flour for most of the day.
I won’t elaborate further on my reasons why I have taken the decision but felt it important to give you an explanation of the most important.
My last week of wholesale deliveries will be w/c 29th August 2022.
If you are interested in the return of Raised in Rampton sourdough on an adhoc basis or as part of a weekend event or market - please let me know as I am taking weekend bookings.
There will also be the opportunity to place private orders in the future however, I am yet to figure out how this will look going forward. In the meantime, and until I have come up with a plan, there will no longer be an online shop on my website.
Thank you for all the fantastic opportunities and your trust in my small business.
Much love, Alice x
If you need a loaf of freshly baked Raised in Rampton sourdough in your life, you can find our bread at:
Cottenham Community Café on Wednesdays;
Histon Chop Shop on Wednesdays and Satursdays;
The Nook in Swavesey on Friday, and
Burwash Manor on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Or check out this week‘s pop up locations on our Useful News‘ page. Please note that there is a greater selection of our fabulous breads, sausage rolls and sweet treats available at our pop ups.
For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed baking, either with my mum on a Sunday, making Christmas cookies with my nan in her kitchen every Christmas as a little girl or nowadays with my own daughter, Ava. I have always had a passion for baking and take pleasure in seeing people enjoy what I have created in my little kitchen.
I am a German living in the UK and moved to Cambridge 16 years ago. The things I still miss the most, apart from my parents and brother of course, are German bread and cake.
I love an early morning in my kitchen when the kids and husband are in bed and the dog is still asleep.
I am a self-taught hobby baker using authentic ingredients, and old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. It is my goal to make sure you enjoy every bite of the baked goods you have purchased.
WE ARE EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH ONLINE PAYMENTS, please use the ‘cash/card on collection’ option if your card payment is declined.
Please remember that I work 48 hours ahead of collection.
If you have any questions or special requests, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you.
Should you miss out on placing an order, please check back on Saturday evenings when pre-orders reopen Or come and see us at our pop up shops this week.
Check our latest pop up locations on our Useful News section..
Best Wishes, Alice x