Get to Know Your Vendor: Kapp Bakery

In 1919, Esther Kapp’s family started their farm in Ann Arbor, named Maulbetsch Farm.  Her mother starting working at markets in Detroit at age 8, getting on a train in Ypsilanti to sell eggs at Eastern Market.  This was the beginning of a family business that spans three generations, and Esther (pictured above) has continued the tradition, selling at both the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in the past and the Bushel Basket Market since its beginning.  Esther added baking to her business back in 1950, starting with her famous pretzels, in addition to her seasonal vegetables.  The Farm has scaled back considerably, but Esther still sells what she produces in her garden, and sells a wide variety of baked goods that stem from her German heritage – truly home cooked garlic rolls, cookies and of course, the famous pretzels that started everythingn from her commercial kitchen.  Say hello to Esther at the next Bushel Basket Market, and maybe she will tell you some of her stories herself, or at least treat yourself to her delicious bakegoods and fresh garden produce.