Finger Lakes Summer “donuts” at The Skaneateles Bakery.
When in Skaneateles early on a Saturday morning, the place to make an appearance is the local bakery. It is the local watering hole for town officials, local business owners needing to catch up with one another, and (sitting next to me) Dads with a herd of boys eager to go fishing.
The Skaneateles Bakery is located on Jordan Street in downtown Skaneateles and has been a fixture for many years. A few years ago it had a complete facelift and it is quite charming with its robin’s egg blue walls, partitioned by permanent white framing used to frame local children’s art work.
As you enter you see the donut machine churning fresh home made donuts circa Homer Price (http://joyfullyretired.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/hppix.jpg). I order their strongest brew along with a basket of donuts and sit down, cracking open my laptop and enjoying the free wireless connection.
Around 9:17am I noticed that the bakery is packed. Families, groups, sports teams converge. The girls behind the counter don’t flinch, serving the usual donuts, muffins, coffee as well as their specials like a caramelized onion & applewood-smoked bacon frittata with tomato & melted gruyere on house bread or, wake robin farm all natural yogurt parfait with blueberry coulis & bakery made organic granola, all in short-order.
I surrender my seat to those patiently waiting. It’s time to return to my chore list back home. Remember to come early if you want a seat, and do not tell yourself that your waist does not need a donut. This practice of “donutting” is good for your soul.