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3 days ago
Wish I was there!
Pedretti's Bakery shared Clayton County Register's post.
4 days ago
It’s our 50th Anniversary this year!
Thanks to the Clayton County Register for the wonderful article!From this week's Register
When Christopher Reimer’s young sons visit their dad at work, they often stand on upturned buckets to reach the workbench where even small hands can find something productive to do. It’s what Christopher did when he was a boy, and what his mom and her seven siblings did when they were young, too.
Three generations of Pedrettis have had a hand in building the bakery business that Joe and Mary Pedretti launched in 1968. If any of Christopher’s sons follow in his footsteps—and at least one vows he will—they will be the fourth generation to convert secret family recipes into mouthwatering treats like doughnuts, turnovers, cookies, fruitcake and more.
Pedretti’s Bakery, housed in a modest red brick building at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets, Elkader, is celebrating its 50th year in business. It opened July 3, 1968, when Christopher’s grandparents, Joe and Mary, purchased it from Charles Hughes. Joe had been a baker since the age of 22 when he left the family farm near Genoa, WI to work for a brother who ran a bakery in Prairie du Chien. Joe later managed the bakery at the Piggly Wiggly store until opening his own business.
For nearly four decades, Joe baked six days a week, arriving at the store at 1 a.m. in order to have the shelves filled by 7. His wife often worked alongside him. By 1999, Joe was considering semi-retirement. He turned the business over to his son, Gary, who had worked for his dad for nearly 20 years. Gary died suddenly in 2003 at the age of 45. That’s when Christopher’s parents, Jane Pedretti Reimer and John Reimer, purchased the bakery.
At the time, Christopher and his wife, Jamie, were living in Waterloo where Christopher was working at a job he didn’t particularly like. The Central graduate who also earned an engineering degree at Iowa State University returned to Elkader to help out his folks. It was a logical decision: Christopher had long stood by his grandfather’s side learning how to make the baked goods that have made Pedretti’s a regional favorite.
“My mom had worked in the bakery but she’d never done any baking,” said Christopher. “I told her I’d come back and help out if she’d manage the business.”
When his mother died in 2010, Christopher and Jamie took over the bakery. And now their sons—Henry, 10; George, 7; and Louis, 5—do many of the same tasks Christopher did at their ages like folding boxes and sweeping floors.
Like his grandfather before him, Christopher works long hours He arrives at the bakery after his boys have gone to bed and stays until about 2 a.m. If an especially busy day is expected, he might be at the bakery in the afternoon. That’s when his sons will ride their bikes from their home a few blocks away to visit and help.
Pedretti’s has a faithful client based that includes a man from Manchester who makes the trip just to by crispies.
“He never calls ahead and sometimes when he gets here, we’re out,” Christopher said. “So he just picks something else.”
The bakery is favorite stop for campers and tourists. On an early summer morning, it’s not unusual to find customers forming a line out the door and up Main Street. Even those who don’t buy directly from Pederetti’s enjoy the bakery’s fresh breads and buns served at served at Thoma’s in Garnavillo, 2 Mit Burgers and Fennelly’s, both in Elkader, the St. Olaf Tavern and Barney’s in Wadena.
Earlier this summer, Pedretti’s celebrated their 12th year as a participant in Elkader’s Sweet Corn Days. Their doughnut hole-eating contest draws many, many participants, and keeps Christopher busy for hours the night before. He generally makes 2,000 doughnut holes for the competition.
Like most small business owners, Christopher views his work not as a job but a lifestyle.
“There are challenges,” he admits. “It takes a lot of time and the hours are long and sometimes irregular. But it’s great to live in a place where the boys can hop on their bikes and ride the few blocks from home without us worrying about them. And it’s rewarding to offer our customers something that seems to make them happy.”
No doubt about it, Grandpa Joe would be proud. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations on 50 years, that is quite an achievement.
Great place!!! Lisa Ellermann
A very good Bakery, when we drive by the truck just pulls in and we go in and get our bismarks, turnovers and the filled horns all so YUMMY !!!!!
I miss the Maple Long Johns!! Only have Dunkin Donuts now, Not the same!
Congratulations on 50 years! Your grandfather would be so proud of you!
Congratulations on 50 years!! This is quite an accomplishment! We love your bakery & come to Elkader whenever we can! The crispies are a favorite of mine too!!
Congratulations! Nothing else compares!
Congratulations Christopher & Jamie, I remember Your Grandpa Joe & Bernard in prairieie & your Mom would be so proud also. You all are doing an awesome job. keep it up!
Congratulations. We love coming to Elkader and visiting the bakery. Wonderful baked goods!!
I probably had my first Pedretti’s donut in 1972! This is my favorite bakery ANYWHERE!! Still make a special trip when I am in NE Iowa!!
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary!
3 weeks ago
Donut hole eating contest at Elkader Sweet Corn Days 2018 is wrapped up and in the books with 46 donut holes eaten by our winner in the 16+ age group (who also ran and won the race an hour earlier!)
The faves every year are the youngsters though - so adorable and fun to watch! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Register for the donut hole eating contest by end of day today (Friday at 5:00ish)
And comment below how many you think the winners will eat!
Donut Contest is Tomorrow - Saturday at 10am in front of the bakery - come and eat and cheer on everyone else!!! ... See MoreSee Less