Jordan Gray, New Mexico, Albuquerque discussed on Talk 1260 KTRC Programming
Sleep off the late feel my pop the truth. Jordan Gray. Everybody your back. What's heating it up? I'm Cheryl Alters Jamison. Thanks for spending part of your Saturday with us, and I hope you're having a good time wherever you are. Things are a little crazy out in the world. And so I hope you're staying safe and comfortable and all of that with your family and maybe a few close friends. We have to be a little cautious, but we can still kind of try to go on with things. I hope you're willing to have some restaurant take out occasionally from one of our area businesses where you need that kind of help support them as we can. But also it's been a great time. I do a lot of home cooking, so I hope you're getting some of that accomplished as well. But when you don't want to do some of that baking, I have somebody who's got a great product for you here relatively new to Santa Fe, coquette pastries and the proprietors Kaitlin Kaitlin Olson, who's with me today. And Caitlin, you started this. I mean, just flat on into this pandemic. Um, you know, uh, did that affect just your ability to get supplies or anything? How did that work out? And, uh, at that point, you're only when leasing the The commercial kitchen at the convention center, Right, so correct share up that space with anybody but no time. Yeah, it definitely has been and challenging. In some ways, I I have been really blessed because I sourced from a lot of local farmers and food producers. So I have Not had any hiccups in terms of being able to get my product. I use dairy products from this meant dairy that's out of Bosquet farms, and so I use their eggs as well as yogurt and and milk from them. They're really wonderful Farm. Um and I get flour from Navajo Pride flower. So that's wheat grown on the Navajo nation and milled in Farmington and then, uh, iconic coffee and Berries and other produce from local farmers. So as far as that's concerned, the Santa Fe farmers market never shut down. Um And developing those contacts Building. Those relationships has really been a joy. I feel I feel proud to include locally, uh, made ingredients in the cakes. I want. Can I interrupt you and go back? You were talking about the Navajo Pride flower now? I actually Yeah, No, that particular brand. I mean, I know there's Bluebird flower that is used a lot up in the northwest part of the state and that you can get here in Santa Fe too. Is that available? Commercially? Do you know for it is so regular shoppers? Yeah, absolutely. You can buy it at whole foods. I think the largest bagged a author is a £5 bag of flour. Um And if you have questions about it, you know it's uh, if it's new to you, and you can contact them. They're very helpful in terms of explaining the protein content and different things that you, uh, you know, might not be familiar with in terms of the flower, but it is really a wonderful product. And, uh, like I said, it's grown from wheat on the Navajo nation in the northwest corner of the state. That Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah, a lot of additional flower grown in northern New Mexico in particular. And absolutely no about that one. Is it A is an all purpose flour. Do they have? Yeah, I said other milling these two of different styles. I do know they have other types of flour predominantly, And I think the one that's available at Whole Foods in Santa Fe is the all purpose bleached flour. So anything good for all purpose baking men? Absolutely. Yeah. How long did I mean? Had you been researching a lot of these local sources? Well, you you've been in and out of Santa Fe for a number of years. So this wasn't brand new to you and you? Came back early this year, right? I definitely having lived on and off in Santa Fe since 2000 and nine. I feel like that gave me a little bit of an advantage because I knew I knew of the commercial kitchen. I'm familiar with the area. I was familiar with some of the food producers and farmers. Some are new to me. Navajo Pride flower. That was a new one. When I started searching for Any local flour mills that came up so that was really exciting to find. They've been really great to work with, Um, and also just meant dairy. There aren't a lot of dairy farms in new Mexico. Um and there are family run dairy. Like I said in in Bosquet at Bosque Farms. Near Albuquerque. So, uh, I think that's that's really, uh Some of what all of us are are faced with now is is trying to build more sustainable communities. A lot of doing that is supporting local agriculture, local food producers. To grow your own food as much as you can. I think all these things are really what's going to propel us forward and lead to healthier earth and healthier communities. Uh, I agree with that, And I really appreciate that. You're doing it that way, too. Well, um, if the commercial kitchen there I mean, I know you're not a spokesperson for the city on this, but would you recommend that as a facility for other small businesses trying to get established as it's been working relationship? They're absolutely I know that there are similar models. There's a commercial kitchen and house, which has many more people using it when I actually considered moving to Taus instead of Santa Fe before I arrived I it ultimately decided to remain in Santa Fe. But they have over 100 people that rent out time in their commercial kitchen, and some of those businesses do very, very well. So I think that if you're starting a business and you're looking to have low overhead, it's really an ideal way to start. Maybe down the road. You want to have a brick and mortar. Uh, but maybe you can't afford or you're just not interested in the permanency of long term. Commercial lease, so this really gives you the flexibility to have a space, which has been approved by the Health Department and has large industrial sized mixers. Big ovens us. You know, wonderful stoves. Lots of working stainless steel. Uh, countertops. You have to bring in your own pots and.