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The Bakers

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The bakers
The bakers

Thirty plus years of marriage, an ever-present faith including Mennonite outreach, seven children, a dairy farm (and now lambs) - and since 2006, the strawberry tarts are front and centre while the bread dough is made fresh, every morning.  This is the life of Larry and Susan Ropp and their family. 

Susan and Larry Ropp bought Armstrong’s Home Bakery and Bulk Food on the main street of Lucknow in 2006 – so named years ago after the founding family. Along with their 100-acre sheep farm, the bakery is central to Susan and Larry’s life along with that of their children and their dedicated team – many of who have been at the bakery for over 15 years. This is truly a family business.

“We make food that tastes best in your kitchen at home; that’s what it’s for. That’s why our team makes our bread dough from scratch every morning. No mixes – even our gluten-free bread is made from scratch. But you have to order ahead because that goes fast these days. Everything you can get with gluten that tastes wonderful you can get without gluten and it tastes just as good.”

All fresh, every day
All fresh, every day

Armstrong’s Bakery sells pies, tarts, bread, cookies, muffins – all fresh, every day, all from a recipe binder that Susan keeps close. The bakers make their own fillings from scratch too, often with the produce she finds at the local auction. “When you get your rhubarb fresh, just after being picked, it tastes better – that’s just a fact. You know where it comes from, you know it’s been grown without any foreign additives. It’s better because it’s grown here. And baked like you would at home.”

It’s a busy life out there. In here at Armstrong’s, they take their time. “This is food made the way our mothers and grandmothers made it – it’s meant to be enjoyed with family. It’s slow food – that’s what it is.”