New Michiana bakery uses local ingredients

GRANGER, Ind. - A new bakery in Granger is showcasing area farmers and vendors by using only regional ingredients. Marianne and Mike Christy opened shop in March of 2014 after eyeing the facility, next to the Granger's Farmers Market, for several years.

Marianne Christy has been baking as a career most of her life, beginning in her home in Edwardsburg with Christy's Bakery, then taking advantage of the Niles Culinary Incubator program to sell her cookies commercially, finally landing in Granger.

"It has been a dream," said Christy. "It's always been there, but this seemed right, this was the perfect time, everything came together."

The bakery features daily breakfast and lunch specials ranging in price from $3-$5, plus an assortment of fresh muffins and cookies.

While the facility represents a lifelong passion for Christy, giving her the opportunity to bake for the community, it's also an opportunity to showcase area farmers.

"I know the consumer is looking for something local, they're not wanting to pay an arm and a leg," said Christy. " I want to showcase farmers by the month, and I want people to come in, and I want them to go, 'oh, this is the meat I'm eating.'"

The Christy family is also diving into charitable giving. The bakery plans to take part in monthly giving projects. In April, they will donate $1 from every sale of oatmeal cookie boxes to the Elkhart Environmental Center's "Urban Wood Utilization" program.

The economy may not have made a full rebound, but Christy says she's not worried about national numbers. Instead, she's focused on making her neighbors a priority.

"When you're dealing with local and you're dealing with the local people and the local farmers and the local consumer, you're much more in tune to their needs and wants," said Christy.

Click here for more information about Local Foods Bakery and Cafe.

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