Turn into downtown Farmington from Route 250 and you’ll find a little nook on the corner.
“Ever since I’ve moved here, I’ve loved this little building, this little town,” Bakers Nook owner Marsha Kisner said. “It’s got a lot of history in it. And I always said to myself, ‘If that building comes free, I’m going to put a bakery in there.'”
And after 22 years of waiting, the old bank building on the corner of Mill and Main finally needed a new owner. And in February, Kisner fulfilled her lifelong dream, when she opened Bakers Nook.
“This is a happy place,” she said. “When I opened this place I wanted it to be a place that people could come in, sit down, chat. Kind of like the front porch conversations that we don’t have any more.”
And while baking has always been Kisner’s true calling, dealing with a personal tragedy in her life is what pushed her to finally open a full-time bakery.
“I lost my husband around three years ago to cancer, and he had talked 20 years to try to get me to do this,” she said. “And after seeing what he went through, I was like, ‘You know what, life is short I’m going to do it and I just took a leap of faith, and here we go.”
So far, that leap of faith is working. Many customers have made Bakers Nook a daily part of their routines, coming for fresh baked pepperoni rolls, pies, breads, cakes and donuts, with fresh ingredients that Marsha says don’t come from a can or a freezer.
“If you were to ask me, ‘What’s your recipe?’ I would honestly have to tell you I don’t have one,” Kisner said. “I experiment, I try new things. A lot of my best things were created by accident.”