The Little Red Hen Bakery is currently located at the corner of 3rd and G in downtown Salida, Colorado, but we’ve been baking for the community we love for years. From our beginnings as Jo and Steve Stucko’s “Salida Bread Company” operating out of the back of a local foods market called Ploughboy, we became the “Little Red Hen Bakery” and eventually moved out on our own under the ownership of Steve and La Sal Miller. With the move, Steve and La Sal collaborated with baker Mark Minor to build an outdoor, wood-fired Hearth Oven to bake crustier, European-inspired breads in addition to the breads we bake daily in our conventional indoor ovens.
Every morning, our bakers arrive at 3:30am to get started forming and baking more than 15 different types of loaves and rolls from eight different doughs, all made from 100% organic flours. French, Country French, Rosemary Olive Oil, 100% Whole Wheat, Seeded 100% Whole Wheat, Rustic Sourdough, Foccacia and Gluten-free multi-grain doughs are formed by hand into a variety of sizes and shapes and baked fresh daily in our conventional indoor ovens. In addition, we offer a specialty sweet or savory bread of the day as well as a wide assortment of grab-and-go treats, from Cinnamon Rolls to Egg Sammies on Foccacia to Whole Wheat Brownies. Several times a week, we also fire up our outdoor Hearth Oven for our afternoon wood oven bake. From the airy Ciabatta to the dense Sourdough Miche, the bread baked in our outdoor oven carries the flavor of a wood fire and the story of generations of bakers before us.
We love our community here in Salida and we are dedicated to using organic and local ingredients in our breads and sweet treats wherever possible. We strive to make food that we are proud to feed our kids and neighbors.
Thank you for your support.
Steve and La Sal Miller
Baker and Old Hen, respectively
The Story of the Little Red Hen
Once upon a time there was a Little Red Hen who lived on a farm with a lazy brown dog, a sleepy orange cat and a noisy yellow duck. One day, the Little Red Hen decided to make some fresh bread from scratch.
“Who will help me plant the seeds to grow the wheat?” she asked.
“Not I,” said the lazy dog, the sleepy cat and the noisy duck.
“Then I will do it myself,” replied the Little Red Hen. And she did.
When it came time to reap the wheat, the Little Red Hen asked again,
“Who will help me harvest this wheat?”
Again, her friends replied, “Not I.” So the Little Red Hen did it herself.
Over and over, when it came time to mill the wheat into flour, to make the flour into dough and to bake the dough into bread, she asked her friends, “Who will help?” and each time, they answered, “Not I.” And so, the Little Red Hen did it all by herself.
FInally, the Little Red Hen put the bread in the oven to bake. Soon, the smell of fresh-baked bread wafted across the farm. The Little Red Hen asked her friends, “Now, who will help me EAT this bread?”
“I will!” replied the lazy brown dog, the sleepy orange cat and the noisy yellow duck.
“No,” said the Little Red Hen, “I will eat it myself.” And she did.