By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times
When John and Joellen Tubbs met and started dating in 1996, they were both united by their love of baking.
The first year they were together they made horderves for a Christmas party of 400 and catered for several local church events in Fort Myers, Fla., where they lived at the time. In 1998, the married couple purchased 46 acres of land in Edmonton that would become the future home of Tubbs’ Farmstead, a bakery offering everything from cinnamon rolls to wedding cakes.
In 2002, John built a kitchen in a pull barn to bake with the food items they grew at the farmstead. They started out with zucchini, asparagus, blueberries and their own hens for eggs. They originally envisioned owning a bed and breakfast where they made all the food on the breakfast table from the fresh fruit to the sausage, but the plan ended up falling through.
In 2004, they decided to bring some chocolate zucchini bread they made to the Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market, and it was hit.
After their first success, the Tubbs added cinnamon rolls and sticky buns to the next week’s farmers’ market and continued to try different food items. John said the business really took off when he decided to go into town with baked goods, selling them to local businesses.
Now whenever anyone tries a piece of their chocolate zucchini bread he jokingly says “this is the bread that started this madness.”
Shortly after, the Tubbs had a hard time keeping up with the consumer demand in their in-house kitchen and decided to expand and pursue their commercial bakers’ license. From there, they added larger ovens and more equipment to keep up with the demand.
“My wife always said she wanted a man she could cook with,” John Tubbs said. “She laughs now and just says ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.’”
Joellen said she had no idea the business would grow to what it’s become today. She said both of them work well together, each with their own strengths they bring to the table. She said John is great at making breads and cookies while Joellen’s skills are with sweet breads, cake and creative flair.
Joellen studied color and design in college, which she describes as her “first love.” She had a great deal of experience with a variety of writing, including calligraphy. Her husband brought home a pastry bag to decorate cakes, and she said she picked it up “as easy as pie.”
Now the Tubbs Farmstead that once carried little more than chocolate zucchini bread offers a variety of baked goods including: sourdough bread, yeast bread, artisan breads, six types of granola, cookies, cupcakes, candy and cakes. Each item is always homemade from scratch.
Joellen said they are constantly researching for new recipes to try to challenge themselves.
Though owning a business can have its ups and downs, Joellen said she’s glad she can share the moments, good and bad, with her husband and spend quality time together.
“We really enjoy it,” Joellen said. “It’s a lot of work, but we have fun together in the kitchen.”
The Tubbs’ Farmstead stops operation in January but picks up again in the beginning of February to make hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries for Valentines Day.
The Tubbs will be at the Barren County Cooperative Extension’s winter farmers’ market starting Jan. 12. For more information about the Tubbs’ Farmstead and the baked goods they offer, call (270) 576-0326.