Asher Breads

Asher Breads A Cottage Food Bakery in Decatur, Illinois focusing on whole grain, local fruit/veggie based breads
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06/20/2023

No market tomorrow

06/13/2023

We have news that, much like dark chocolate Zookys, is bittersweet. Due to new professional opportunities (and consequent scheduling conflicts), Asher Breads will be scaling back dramatically on expansion for the foreseeable future; this includes withdrawing from our previously announced return to the Warrensburg Hometown market (at least as a vendor!), as well as intended expansion into the Monticello market on alternating Thursdays.

We'll tentatively still be attending the Tuesday market in Champaign, having committed/paid through the season, however this may be subject to change due to circumstances on a weekly basis. Stay tuned for updates, and a big thank you to everyone whose enjoyed our products and helped keep bread on my table (😄) so far!

Duck egg omelette! Thanks !
06/06/2023

Duck egg omelette! Thanks !

06/06/2023

Getting ready to head out to the Champaign Urbana market tonight from 3-6, tonight we'll have Zooky Cakes and Mint Zooky Cakes available in both singles ($5) and 6-packs ($20)!

As always made with fresh local ingredients and high quality flour, honey, agave, and plenty of cocoa!

Great news! In time for this coming Tuesday's Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets, we've got not one but TWO new announceme...
05/28/2023

Great news! In time for this coming Tuesday's Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets, we've got not one but TWO new announcement regarding suppliers:

First and foremost, our flour going forward will be 100% organic stone-ground whole white and whole red wheat from Janie's Mill out of Ashkum, IL. We've been hoping to find a better source than the grocery aisle, even considering milling berries if needed; this is a perfect solution for fresh milled, nutritious, and flavorful flour that I think you'll notice!

Secondly, we're incorporating a second source for eggs! Big thanks to Joyful Wren Farm for the referral to Janie's Mill's website and the delicious local free-range (humane certified, even!) eggs, which you can pick up right across the aisle at the Tuesday Champaign market! Don't worry, Sterling Family Farms eggs won't be going anywhere; we're proud to support both local Decatur and Champaign area small businesses where we can.

After multiple recommendations, excited to announce we've likely solved the question of locally sourcing fresh flour - h...
05/24/2023

After multiple recommendations, excited to announce we've likely solved the question of locally sourcing fresh flour - https://www.janiesmill.com/pages/our-story is based right here in Illinois and both GROWS and STONE GRINDS their own organic grains with a focus on whole-kernel nutrition!

Looking forward to experimenting with their red and white wheats in our products when the shipment arrives, and I even picked up a little buckwheat to test on our occasional gluten-free offerings as well! Stay tuned for updates, hopefully will have an announcement to share on the arrival/results before our next market.

The idea for Janie’s Mill sprung up one day as Harold was watching tons of his organic wheat flow into a semi to travel far from Janie’s Farm. Read our story!

Would you believe this specialty Zooky birthday cake was 100% gluten free?! And the layers stacked without any frosting ...
05/23/2023

Would you believe this specialty Zooky birthday cake was 100% gluten free?! And the layers stacked without any frosting or falling apart!

Big thanks to Allison Centennial Farm and Prosperity Gardens for the chance to try some new items at the market last wee...
05/23/2023

Big thanks to Allison Centennial Farm and Prosperity Gardens for the chance to try some new items at the market last week! We got some great locally grown fresh greens (Only $6/lb - better than the spring mix at Walmart by far!) AND family raised ground beef that knocks the grocery store out of the park. Both made their way into some awesome flatbread burgers (well done, of course)!

We're all set for the Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets tonight from 3-6 in Champaign, on Neil and Washington! Today we'r...
05/23/2023

We're all set for the Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets tonight from 3-6 in Champaign, on Neil and Washington! Today we're offering VARIETY PACKS with 2 banana nut chocolate chip muffins, 2 Zooky brownies, and 1 banana nut (dairy free) muffin for only $20!

We've also got a limited number of packages of classic Zooky brownies and banana nut muffins, just for those dairy or nut-free visitors!

Well hey we were briefly in the news!
05/17/2023

Well hey we were briefly in the news!

It’s the opening of Champaign’s 9th annual Farmer’s Market.

05/16/2023
05/16/2023

The Champaign Farmers Market is back! Visit us TODAY in Downtown Champaign from 3-6 p.m.

🔗 Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3xJinzU

05/15/2023
Baking season!
05/15/2023

Baking season!

If you missed (or have been missing!) the opportunity to get our Whole Wheat Pumpkin Masala muffins last season, made fr...
05/14/2023

If you missed (or have been missing!) the opportunity to get our Whole Wheat Pumpkin Masala muffins last season, made fresh from the gigantic Pink Lady squash (pictured in the post below, courtesy of Diamond's Homestead), we've got great news!

Some of the puree was frozen and held back for out of season special offerings, and I'm thawing enough out for a few dozen with chocolate chips, organic coconut milk, and our special masala spice blend at our first market of 2023 this coming week 🧡🍫

Come say hello this Tuesday at Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets from 3pm to 6pm at the corner of Neil and Washington in Champaign! We'll have the following available:

PUMPKIN MASALA MUFFINS: Hand-made with locally grown squash, these best-selling 100% whole wheat fall muffins come with chocolate chips and organic coconut milk (making this version nut-free!) Local eggs, local honey, and organic blue agave sweeten these wholesome unrefined muffins, seasoned with our special twist on pumpkin spice! 🥚🐝🍫 ($20/5 Muffins)

BANANA NUT MUFFINS: 100% whole wheat, made with roasted fresh bananas and local cage-free, hormone-free eggs, sweetened with raw local honey and organic agave, and a walnut crunch! Both banana walnut (dairy free) and banana nut + chocolate chip available! 🍌🍞🍫 ($15/5 Muffins)

'ZOOKY' BROWNIES: Dutch process cocoa and whole wheat flour plus fresh grated zucchini as the #1 ingredient! Classic fudge 6-packs as well as peppermint chocolate-chip available! Sweetened with unrefined honey and agave, grass-fed local eggs, naturally nut-free ingredients and no preservatives! 🥒🍞🍫 ($20/6 Brownies)

For more information on ingredients, please see https://asherbreads.com/about

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05/12/2023

Still working out details on where we'll be through summer - Tuesdays are approved in Champaign-Urbana, and the first market is coming up this week!

Still working out details for Springfield on Wednesday mornings and looking for information on Argenta - I've heard they may have a market on Wednesday nights?

Thursdays we've reached out to both Warrensburg and Monticello, and hope to have something to announce soon!

05/03/2023

Big news - Asher Breads will soon be available beyond Decatur! We just got accepted to the Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets for 2023, starting Tuesday the 16th and running every Tuesday from 3pm-6pm; come on down and try some healthy whole wheat treats made with high quality, local ingredients!

More to come on which markets we'll be able to attend this year soon! That said, two pieces of big news: 1) We're return...
04/09/2023

More to come on which markets we'll be able to attend this year soon! That said, two pieces of big news:

1) We're returning to the original, double-sized Zooky Brownies! Still finalizing prices post-inflation, but expect to buy half as many packages for the same amount of brownie.

2) A website is in the works! You can now find a list of our offerings, full ingredients, labels, and soon market schedule and more in one easy place:

Small-batch artisan bakery in Decatur, Illinois featuring fresh seasonal produce and natural, local ingredients. -003-2023

2023 Asher Breads Update: After taking the '22 winter season off, momentum is picking up for the 2023 market season! Her...
02/01/2023

2023 Asher Breads Update: After taking the '22 winter season off, momentum is picking up for the 2023 market season! Here's what we've been up to:

- Recently a major hurdle arose: the oven wasn't firing up! I'm glad to report it was an easy repair (igniter replacement, see photos), and as of this afternoon the oven is firing up strong as ever for upcoming test batches!

- We've just gotten the 2023 annual Cottage Food registration in the mail (big thanks to Macon Co. Health and Kathy Wade)! Our labels will be unchanged, but look for new pricing and advertisements soon, along with emphasis on our growing list of local Illinois-grown and sourced ingredients, such as local Decatur honey from McGrath Farms and antibiotic/hormone free local eggs from Sterling Family Farms!

- Some special ingredients from the fall menu were fresh frozen and held back for surprise specials, particularly the wonderful fresh roasted Pink Banana squash from Diamond's Homestead that served as the base for our popular pumpkin muffins. Keep an eye out for the occasional preservative-free, out-of-season offering going forward!

Stay careful out there... "meatless" and "healthy" are not always synonymous!
11/22/2022

Stay careful out there... "meatless" and "healthy" are not always synonymous!

The facility in Pennsylvania illustrates the alt-meat maker’s ongoing difficulties.

Here's a peek at what I'm practicing for next market season: whole wheat bread is on the way! This braided loaf is a 'sa...
11/01/2022

Here's a peek at what I'm practicing for next market season: whole wheat bread is on the way! This braided loaf is a 'sabbath bread,' or 'challah,' and was made with just 7 ingredients: 100% whole wheat flour, honey, olive oil, water, salt, active dry yeast, and egg!

This was a great success, especially for a first attempt, and very educational! Among other trial-and-error lessons learned, it's not nearly warm enough for the dough to rise (70+ degrees)! Putting the dough in the oven with a pan of boiling water on the rack below kept it warm and moist enough to raise the dough without raising the gas bill.

Plenty of ideas in mind for the next loaves, but for now my hands are kneading a rest! Since it breaks off into soft, chewy, sharable pieces, it's great for dipping - marinara, soup, or in this case, garlic artichoke (gartichoke?) hummus!

Hoping to get the process perfected before Thanksgiving, and I can already see potential for a sweet cinnamon loaf; stay tuned for updates, and prices when ready to sell!

Our last day of the season at the Hometown Market tonight will ALSO be the Warrensburg debut of our limited edition pump...
10/06/2022

Our last day of the season at the Hometown Market tonight will ALSO be the Warrensburg debut of our limited edition pumpkin muffins!

Made entirely from a freshly roasted pumpkin sourced locally at Diamond's Homestead, raw Decatur honey from McGrath Farms, and local cage-free, hormone-free eggs from Sterling Family Farms, these 100% whole wheat muffins are scratch made in small batches and seasoned with a special 'masala' pumpkin spice!

Plain, chocolate chip, and Reese's peanut butter + chocolate chip 5-packs are still available! They'll only last 'til our pumpkin puree runs out, so make sure to stop by the market for it's last night tonight and stock your freezer with home-baked goodness for the holidays!

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Also available THURSDAY in WARRENSBURG from 4p-7p:

BANANA NUT MUFFINS: 100% whole wheat, made with roasted bananas and local eggs, sweetened with raw local honey, and a walnut crunch! Both regular (dairy free) and banana nut + chocolate chip available! 🍌🍞🍫

'Zooky' ZUCCHINI BROWNIES: Dutch process cocoa and whole wheat flour plus zucchini as the #1 ingredient! Classic fudge 6-packs as well as ONE PACK of peppermint chocolate-chip still available! 🥒🍞🍫

APPLE CINNAMON MAPLE NUT MUFFINS: Fresh grated apples, apple sauce, sweetened with 100% apple juice... these are packed with apple flavor, but for absolutely best results, pair with the delicious home-made Apple Butter from Prairie View Farm!

Boosted flavor with maple extract, walnuts, and as always 100% whole wheat flour! 🍎🍎🍎

We're almost through with our initial batch of pumpkin puree for the pumpkin masala muffins; time to restock! Check out ...
09/30/2022

We're almost through with our initial batch of pumpkin puree for the pumpkin masala muffins; time to restock! Check out this gourd-geous pumpkin, called a "pink banana" squash, and weighing in at 15 POUNDS from Diamond's Homestead in Decatur; it dwarfs the rolling pin next to it!

We're told this is a tasty and sweet type of pumpkin often used in pies, and after steaming a few pieces for lunch, I can definitely confirm! If you're looking to roast your own pumpkin this fall, pick one up at your local market and follow the step by step in the photos!

Don't have time to bake your own? Try our delicious Pumpkin Masala Muffins, made from locally grown pumpkin, local raw honey, and local cage-free eggs!

Available this Sunday at Cerro Gordo Fall Fest, and next Thursday, October 6 for the final Hometown Market - Warrensburg, IL of the season!

09/28/2022

We had a great last day at the Richland Student Farms market yesterday; thanks to everyone who braved the wind chill to come out and say hello, and thanks to the market for hosting us during the last part of the season!

We're already looking forward to next market season, but you don't have to wait til then to restock on whole grain, small batch baked goods! Welcoming special requests and offering delivery in Decatur, Asher Breads is a delicious, home-made, and healthy addition to special events, potlucks, holidays, school, or the breakroom!

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Decatur, IL
62526

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 12pm
Sunday 8am - 7pm

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