Growing up, the kitchen was a meeting place. The smell of warm cookies, memories of grandma's apple cake or of my sister swatting my hand away at a failed attempt to snatch some cookie dough have stayed with me. Sitting on the kitchen counter while my mom baked her famous chocolate chip cookies was a time to share the triumphs and the tragedies of the day. The kitchen is where memories grew-like the time I swapped sugar for salt resulting in a hard brick of chocolate even the birds wouldn’t eat, decorating gingerbread men and sugar cookies at Christmas, and learning that it is easier to clean as you go than it is to do it all at the end. The kitchen has been a safe space, baking is the place to go when feeling stressed or celebrating an accomplishment.
Our family has always celebrated occasions- special and every day- with baked goods. Every Sunday after church we would stop by our local bakery for something delicious. From Philadelphia Butter Cake to donuts to coffee cakes, Sundays were started with something sweet. Birthdays and graduations always include cake, Christmas brings cookies, Easter something light. This is what we want to share with Person County. We want to help someone celebrate, we want to be the safe place someone can rely on, we want to be part of the memories.
When we moved to Person County in 2017, we did so under divine intervention. Thomas had an opportunity within the Hemp business and I was fortunate to get a position in education. We knew we wanted to become part of the community. In 2020, Thomas was gifted the opportunity to break off on his own with the Hemp industry, creating Whitt Hemp. At the same time, we launched Pumpkin and Bugg’s through The Farmer’s Market on Depot Street. As the weeks went by, our customers directed our sales eventually marrying the two concepts together. Pumpkin and Bugg’s and Whitt Hemp now serve both traditional baked goods and those with CBD infused within. At our shop, you can also find CBD oils, lotions, and wellness products from other community and farming partners. As we continue to grow, we hope to offer more products to our customers along with a rotation of baked goods. We also plan to add classes and programs in the near future.
When we started the bakery, we knew we had something special. Our customers share their stories and stay for a chat. Our customers have become part of our family and we hope to be able to continue to build memories as we meet in the kitchen.