Happy Mother's Day Weekend! It is about time I send out an update about Water Tank Bakery. I really miss seeing all of you at the LaConner Friday pick-up and I'm sure you are wondering when you can buy bread again. So here are a few happenings and photos:
*The eletrical system is all finished and has passed inspection.
* The oven is up and running, except the vent fan is not turning on and will require some troubleshooting.
*The spiral mixer I purchased is having quite a journey. It was held up in customs in California for 24 days, had to be railed to Chicago, then Iowa, then it will be trucked to the bakery. I should be getting it hopefully in the next couple of weeks. It has the capacity to mix 166lbs. of dough at a time.
* My partner Frank built a beautiful custom walk-in refrigeration unit. I never knew a walk-in could make me so happy!
* I have a working 3-basin sink.
*Last week, I spent two days driving a scissor lift around the bakery and cleaning all of the ceiling support beams and light fixtures.
*This week, I submitted the WSDA Food Processors License Application.
* I am now in the process of cleaning all other baking equipment and setting up the production space. This part is really fun!
Next steps will be test baking and hiring/training employees. My facility will be inspected and liscenced in anywhere from 2-6 weeks. That being said, I am not exactly sure when I will be opening. Let's hope for June 15th at the latest. This has been an enormous project and I am learning lots of new skills; patience being one of them!
Thank you and be well!