DAVIDSON – Thanks to its success at the town’s farmers' market, a Morganton couple has opened a storefront in downtown Davidson.

Sara and Mark Hord opened Millstone Bakehouse and Provisions at 208 S. Main St. on April 2 after a weekend soft opening, though they hope to really celebrate April 5 with the start of the spring farmers' market.

Millstone Bakehouse and Provisions offers a variety of items, from handmade bread and pastries to cheeses and wine.  While it is not a full-fledged restaurant, there are spaces for customers to enjoy the offerings. 

Items for sale include homemade breads, pastries, croissants, muffins, pies, quiches and biscuit sandwiches. The variety of cheeses and meats include local products, such as goat cheese from Lincolnton and charcuterie from Burlington, as well as international. Homemade prepared foods, like meat or vegetable lasagna, chicken cobbler, Shepard’s pie and eggplant Parmesan can be taken home to eat.

The bread, which she called rustic artisan, is offered in a variety of types and made by Hord and her brother Chris Waters.

“All of the breads are made by hand,” she said. “We only have two breads that are mixed in mixers. Everything else is stirred and shaken by hand.”

It uses little commercial yeast and unbleached flour milled in North Carolina and brought in weekly. The bread also has a long fermentation time, lasting 15-24 hours. They use electric ovens, which provide steam injection for the bread while maintaining a high heat. She said they are greener and safer than gas and are better for the environment.

One initiative they are working on is renting out picnic baskets people can fill with cheese, meats, bread and wine to enjoy while attending concerts on the green.

“We are very community driven,” she said, “We liked that the Davidson community supported local businesses.”

A chef for more than 20 years, Sara has spent her career cooking. Wanting to use fresh ingredients, she and Mark bought their farm, Millstone Meadows Farm, where they grow produce and raise goats, chickens and other livestock. Her love of shopping local and supporting farmers is a big part of her business.

“Being first a chef then a farmer, it’s important to realize locally what farmers have to offer,” she said, adding produce in grocery stores takes time and money to get there. “We have a bevy of farmers in the area. …You can’t ask for a better farmers market.”

The farmers’ market is what initially brought the Hords to the area. Sara previously sold elsewhere and was told to try Davidson and was “blown away,” she said.

“It’s the best farmers' market I’ve seen,” Sara said.

Sara said they waited for years for a downtown space to open up. They have taken the former insurance building and gutted it to add a kitchen and a new look.

“We want to keep it as rustic as possible down to the brick walls,” she said.

Even with their new store, Sara assures they will keep their presence at the farmers’ market.

Tentative hours are Wednesday and Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Millstone Bakehouse and Provisions Facebook page will reflect the changes. 

New storefronts in Davidson
• Pickled Peach, 202 S. Main St., opened four weeks ago with healthy meal options, including gluten-free and vegetarian. The menu includes handcrafted sandwiches, soups and salads with locally grown vegetables and meats roasted in-house.
• Davidson Wine Shop, 130 –D South Village Lane, wine for sale, wine education and accessories. The next wine tasting takes place 5-7 p.m. April 4 for $10.
• Dixieland Clothing Company, 109 N. Main St., opened March 31, offering Southern brands of men’s clothing. The building features a pool table and sweet tea for customers.