72-year old man runs growing baking business in Sask. after teaching himself how to make bread

Jim Hadfield says that he is up as early as 4:00 a.m. some times baking, in hopes to be finished by noon so that he can get the baked products packaged and all set for shipping and delivery.

The do the job is all section of his baking small business, Jim’s Bread, Buns & Cakes,  that he’s been operating out of his hometown in Milestone, Sask., after he retired in 2007 — and the 72-12 months-old claims he has no designs on stopping at any time shortly.

“It retains me lively and I feel it truly is important that at my age to continue being active, I delight in it,” he mentioned.

Hafield says that Xmas fruitcakes, breads, buns and cinnamon buns are all part of his menu that he shares with prospects throughout Saskatchewan from his dwelling in Milestone, all-around 50 km south of Regina.

A man smiling in front of a cake.
Jim Hadfield says that functioning the enterprise keeps him active and suggests that it is significant to keep on being lively at his age. (Submitted by Jim Hadfield)

He explained he starts baking cakes on Wednesdays, and delivers them to buyers in Regina and encompassing parts on Fridays. 

Hadfield mentioned he commenced baking right after acquiring it complicated to locate bread he could appreciate, and after traveling to a number of unique merchants and bakeries, he decided that it would be very best to educate himself how to bake the bread. Before long right after he would learn how to bake buns, cinnamon buns and cakes.

“I took my cinnamon buns to a neighborhood occasion in Milestone, a girl from Regina stated ‘these are the ideal I have ever tasted, you need to have to go into small business.’ I laughed,” he explained.

But 3 months afterwards, Hadfield stated he introduced a internet site with the enable of his cousin, and formally sprung into organization. 

Hadfield states that bread was the to start with baking dish he realized how to bake. He claims he began learning right after locating it tough to discover good bread to try to eat. (Submitted by Jim Hadfield)

He said enterprise was “modest” all-around the get started, but when he created his Fb website page, he seen small business beginning to choose up. Now he communicates with 17,000 followers on the system day-to-day all-around orders and menu possibilities. 

Hadfield claims his enterprise has permitted him to check out his skills by finding out to bake much more items he can add to his menu, this kind of as his Xmas fruitcake — which has become a significant aspect of his business enterprise.

He began baking them all over 6 many years in the past, and claims final 12 months he baked 276 fruitcakes. This yr he options on baking 400. 

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Hadfield begins getting orders for holiday seasons this sort of as Christmas and Easter months in progress, and pre-orders normally fill two months right before the holiday seasons. 

While some items might be popular all around the vacations, he states he doesn’t have a favorite dish. He loves everything that he’s baked and shared with his neighborhood. 

“I do about 18 unique sorts of layer cakes, and I enjoy carrying out that, but I still get pleasure from accomplishing the bread, buns and cinnamon buns way too,” he said.