Milk & Honey Bakery whips up yummy treats
By Jill Alexander
Some things just go together naturally like cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jelly, and milk and honey.
Milk & Honey Bakery happens to be the name of a popular business created by two San Diego sisters – Hannah Owens and Angela Owens.
“We had a few names and after a few weeks this just came to us, sweetness … and it’s the land of milk and honey … so it made sense,” said Angela Owens.
The sisters, who are the two youngest of five sisters, sell to many businesses in the county as well as appear regularly at farmer’s markets including the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. All of their items are made from scratch.
“We like to keep some of our menu items on a rotation to keep different options available for our customers,” Angela said. “However, we tend to always have our customer-favorite cinnamon rolls weekly. Those come in three standard flavors: classic, apple pie and salted caramel pecan. Then we have a seasonal option from time to time as well. As for our other items, we have amazing lemon bars, cake slices, cheesecake slices, cookies and breads.”
Some of the crowd pleasers at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market are cinnamon rolls, carrot cake, lemon bars, strawberry cheesecake, Tres Leches cake, and pumpkin bread.
“We love to try new things and think outside the box, so we often experiment with new ingredients to provide great results that offer variety and uniqueness. We also ensure flavor development is a part of our process so that our goods don’t just look amazing but taste amazing, too,” Hannah, said.
The two sisters learned their trade from their mom, who was an avid baker, cake decorator and teacher.
“She taught us how to develop our baking skills when we were young. However, during the pandemic, the mandated shutdown made it hard to get some baked goods that we had been craving and led us to develop one of our most well-known items, our cinnamon rolls,” Angela said.
After some pandemic restrictions were lifted, the sisters shared their delicious baked goods with family and friends and began to receive feedback – that they should start selling their items.
They launched Milk & Honey Bakery in October 2020.
“Milk & Honey has given us the platform to develop and enhance our skills even further. We are about to hit our two-year anniversary and have expanded to farmer’s markets, street festivals and local retail businesses around SD,” Angela said.
They enjoy being vendors at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market because of “the community and the pleasant atmosphere. Bev and Mike, the market managers, are a joy and host an organized event,” Hannah said.
They also enjoy seeing families and individuals frequent the market because it allows them to get to know their customers personally.
“Many of them have become extended family. We are also very grateful to work alongside such friendly vendors,” Hannah said.
Down the road, they hope to have a storefront or several where they can continue to whip up and deliver sweet treats for patrons.
Visit the Milk & Honey Bakery booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market, held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at 10045 Carroll Canyon Road.