SARANAC LAKE — Something sweet is cooking on Main Street. Jamdots Baking Co., a locally owned bakery, will fire up its ovens at a new Saranac Lake store this coming January.
Jamdots co-owner Gemma Fielder met her fiancé and fellow chef Nick Rich while attending the New England Culinary Institute. They found they complemented each other both personally and in the kitchen: Fielder is a pastry chef and Rich is a chef with a more savory approach. Together, Fielder said, they bring sweet and savory elements to Jamdots.
“I think it works well to have both sides of it,” Fielder said, “So it’s not too sweet and not too salty.”
At the North Country Community College craft fair on Sunday, Jamdots were set up on a table decked out with candy for the holiday season. There were cookies decorated like slices of pie and pumpkins, homemade marshmallows, loaves of sweet bread, and an overflowing basket of hot chocolate bombs: thin spheres of chocolate filled with hot chocolate-marshmallow mix. Put the bomb in a mug and pour hot milk over it, Rich told a shopper, and you’ve got hot chocolate.
While the Jamdots store on Main Street will have plenty of sweets, Fielder said, it will also offer soups and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch to go.
“A bit of everything,” Fielder said.
She hopes the locals appreciate the time she and Rich spend preparing their food, as well as the quality of the ingredients they use. Fielder and Rich grow many of the fruits used in their homemade jams and source the rest of their ingredients locally as much as they can. They also plan to sell products from other local businesses at their Main Street store, such as goat’s milk soap from Owl’s Head-based Cook Farm or miso from Jay-based Red Oak Food Co.
“I want as many local micro-enterprises as possible to participate as well,” he said. Fielder said. “Because we love your stuff, we want other people to love it too. Everyone helps each other.”
Fielder said she started baking in high school as a fundraiser: She wanted to participate in exchange programs, and selling candy helped her pay her plane ticket bill. She ended up having a good time doing it.
“It worked quite well”, Fielder said.
Jamdots has been showing up in local markets for the past year, and Fielder said it was time to take the leap and move the Jamdots operation from his kitchen to a store. Fielder, originally from Vermont, moved to Saranac Lake with Rich, a Tupper Lake native, in 2020.
Fielder and Rich hope to open the Jamdots store at 69 Main St. before the FISU World University Winter Games at Lake Placid in January and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in February, before “that crazy time,” Fielder said. It hasn’t set its hours of operation yet, but expects to be open for breakfast and lunch.
Anyone unfamiliar with Jamdots yet can find refreshments provided by Fielder and Rich at BluSeed Studio’s Off the Wall Bazaar opening reception this Saturday.