New bakery to open in CantonLenoir's Creek Beef & Bakery offers local beef, baked goods
Like many people who decide to open their own small business, Michael and Robin Smith, of Canton, started up Lenoir’s Creek Beef and Bakery partly out of necessity and partly to make a positive change in their lives.
When the couple had their daughter, Kaitlyn, who is now 2 years old, Robin went from working full-time as a nurse to working part-time so she could spend more time at home. To supplement their income, the Smiths started up a small grass-fed beef business, which has grown from three animals the first year to 10 this year.
“Everybody wants to be healthy and stay away from the hormones and antibiotics,” Michael said of their reasoning behind raising 100 percent grass-fed cattle.
The beef comes from a breed called Devon cattle, which was brought to the area from England in 1849. In fact, some of the cattle raised on Lenoir’s Creek farm are descendants of that original herd.
“It’s healthier, no hormones added, no chemicals, and it’s raised right here,” Robin added. “It’s local, and all they eat is grass and in winter, hay. It’s very lean.”
The beef business was good, but then Michael lost his job at ConMet, and the couple decided to throw themselves into Lenoir’s Creek full-time, adding on a bakery to the farm for Robin, who enjoys baking and cake decorating. She started making baked goods and breads to sell and doing some catering, and soon enough, “it took off,” she said.
“This is our primary income right now. We’re trying to make this a living,” she added.
Lenoir’s Creek Beef and Bakery is doing well enough that the Smiths decided to open a store in downtown Canton, where they will sell a variety of baked goods and their grass-fed beef.
The couple said Canton’s Mayor Mike Ray encouraged them to open the store because there was nothing else like it in town.
“We wanted to try to take a next step, so we could do it on another level,” Robin said.
The grand opening of Lenoir’s Creek Beef and Bakery is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at 68 Main St. in Canton.
The bakery will feature brownies, cakes, cookies, turnovers, sourdough and wheat breads, bagels, pastries, caramel corn and holiday pies. Beef will also be available sold frozen by the pound.
The Smiths are hoping the bakery will take off among locals and tourists, and if things go well, they want to eventually hire on several more people as they expand.
“People will have somewhere to go to get good, local food,” Robin said, adding they try to use as much local produce as possible in their baked items as well. “And we’re open to suggestions from the public as to what they want.”
For information or to place an order, call 553-8369, 734-9071 or email Michaelrobin07@yahoo.com.