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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Q & A: Learn more about Fort Thomas Farmers' Market's Newest Vendor "KY Millstone"

Get to know the newest vendor at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market -- Ky Millstone!

By Jessie Eden

Last week, a new bread vendor joined the ranks at the Fort Thomas Farmers Market. This week, FTM had a chance to chat more with Lori Himmelsbach of Ky Millstone to learn more about the business.

Ky Millstone stepped in after the tragic loss of Blue Oven Bakery's facility to a fire back in August. Blue Oven Bakery had been attending the market for some time but had to scale back operations due to the fire.

Ky Millstone will be back at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market on Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Tower Park...but you can also catch them on Saturdays at the Pendleton County Farmers' Market.

"While our fares at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market are limited to breads, we offer all our quick baked items, as well as other treats at the Pendleton County Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8-2 through October", said Lori.

This week's offerings at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market include;

Smoked Habanero Hot Sauce

Coffee beans

Sourdough Bread
Sesame - $6, White - $5, Seeded - $7, Rye - $6

Bagels - $3 each or 4 for $10
Onion, Plain, Blueberry & Asiago

Signature Focaccia - $3 & $7

Sourdough English Muffins - $8

Q & A with KY Millstone:

FTM: How did you end up becoming a vendor for the Fort Thomas Farmers Market?

LORI: We were very sad to hear of the loss of Blue Oven's facility and offered to supply bread for the market while they were mending. My mom's family is originally from Ft. Thomas, so I am quite familiar with the area and knew it was an amazing market.

FTM: How long have you been in business and how did your business start / what idea inspired it?

LORI: I've been in food service since I was 16! After attending the Cincinnati Culinary Academy, I toggled between raising a family and my passion for food. After my daughter's graduation from high school, my husband and I moved to Louisville to help my brother build and open MozzaPi (a wood fired bakery/pizzeria). I fell in love with making bread and fresh milled grains and teaching these skills. 

Get to know the newest vendor at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market -- Ky Millstone!

We moved back to my home in Butler, KY a year ago and the perfect spot opened up for a bakery / cafe there. Who doesn't love being able to walk to work? We are completing the rehab on the building and classroom and should be open in a couple of months. 

I think what really sets us apart is that we use only fresh milled grains in all our quick baked products - a brownie with wheat and rye? I think so! We also feature sourdough in most of our breads, such as our bagels that contain no added commercial yeast.

FTM: What is your favorite thing to make/sell?

LORI: My passion is for recipe development, so there is always something new and different to try. I think our signature Rosemary focaccia is my favorite thing to make, because it takes about 5 hours of attention and it's just fun to make. I do enjoy the challenge of sourdough bread, as it requires skills to make a bread with no commercial yeast to boost the rise. Tom, my husband loves to make the wood fired hot sauce. We pick peppers from our garden and then he smokes them to create a very unique flavor.

FTM: Based on customer feedback, what is one item that sells out FAST because it's a customer favorite?

LORI: Definitely our signature Rosemary Focaccia. It's a nice light bread, with little sprigs of Rosemary and a hint of sourdough flavor.

FTM: Can you give me a preview of any fall goodies coming up at the market? Any pumpkin bread or the like?

LORI: I'm always up for a challenge, so I did have a request for Pumpkin Spice Bagels. We also have a great black bread that is tinted with edible charcoal and flavored with a smoky tea (lapsang souchong) and Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Durum Sourdough.

FTM: I saw that you host baking courses/camps -- are you still doing so with the Covid guidelines? If so, what would you say is your most popular one?

LORI: I have been teaching Introduction to Sourdough and Artisan Bread Camps for over 6 years now. These are extremely popular classes, as they walk you through how to work with sourdough. Introduction to Pasta has also been very popular. I'm not an Italian Grandma, but the pasta still tastes great (and it's really fun to make).

2019 Ky Millstone Baking Class

We do offer private group classes upon request and are excited to be hosting Decorate a Gingerbread House Events in October. More information on classes is on our website at or follow us on social media for updates. Because we are not currently open to the public, there is space to learn within the Covid guidelines.

In addition, we do plan to add outdoor dining at the cafe next year, as well as the addition of a wood fired oven to offer pizza.


You can check out KY Millstone's booth at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market every Wednesday, Now through October. Hours through September 27 are 3 p.m. through 7 p.m. and after September 27, hours will be 3 p.m. through 6 p.m.

Learn more about KY Millstone by clicking here.

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