Self-taught baker with a passion for community development, music and social justice. I started my working life as a journalist- ever on the search for more information, more knowledge, more skills. After graduate school, I took a job as a government analyst. Quickly dissatisfied, I started to blog about local food and farms. I started to bake for my friends and neighbors out of my home kitchen0- a tiny enterprise called Hilary Bee’s Homemade Goods. Hilary Bee grew bigger slowly; a year later I launched Thistle Confections, a small farm-stand at the Second Street Market. I love to bake with local produce, and I’m proud to use Ohio’s bounty. Produce is a labor of love, and I strive to honor that love through my baking.
If you’ve visited Thistle’s farm-stand at the PNC 2nd Street Market, you’ve probably seen my husband, Mr. Radar and Mother-In-Law Kathy. They have been a tremendous source of strength and support. Mr. Radar is my chief taste-tester and a real life mad scientist. In our spare time, we enjoy gardening, home improvement projects, and long hikes with our wonderdog, Buddy.
Photograph courtesy of Nicole Hodac, the official photographer of Thistle Confections.