“My first encounter with a baguette, torn still warm from its paper sheathing, shattered and sighed on contact. The sound stopped me in my tracks, the way a crackling branch gives deer pause; that’s what good crust does. Once I began to chew, the flavor unfolded, deep with yeast and salt, the warm humidity of the tender crumb almost breathing against my lips.” ― Sasha Martin, Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

Board Members

  Marc M. Jalbert–Founding Board Member, Director   For the past twenty years, Marc Jalbert has been artisan bread baker and owner of the Gettysburg Baking Co. in Adams County, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Southern Maine. As a member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America, he has conducted numerous baking classes through the Adams County Arts Council. His keen interest and use of design has guided him in a number of projects associated with the Gettysburg Baking Company. Over the years, the Adams County business community has recognized and awarded him for a number of these projects.  “My vision is to create a place that builds on my experience as a community bread baker and small business owner, while promoting the greater good for the Adams County community.”

Marc M. Jalbert–Founding Board Member, Director

For the past twenty years, Marc Jalbert has been artisan bread baker and owner of the Gettysburg Baking Co. in Adams County, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Southern Maine. As a member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America, he has conducted numerous baking classes through the Adams County Arts Council. His keen interest and use of design has guided him in a number of projects associated with the Gettysburg Baking Company. Over the years, the Adams County business community has recognized and awarded him for a number of these projects.

“My vision is to create a place that builds on my experience as a community bread baker and small business owner, while promoting the greater good for the Adams County community.”

  Carol Ann Cook-Board Member   Recently retired I have had many different roles in my career life. First, legal secretary in Washington, DC, mother raising 4 children, vocational school administrator, marketing and advertising sales executive for cable TV and lastly, senior associate, editing documents for KPMG. After retirement, I became certified as a doula, which is a birthing coach for women during pregnancy and childbirth.    One of my favorite childhood memories is waking on Sunday morning to the smell of freshly baked rolls. My parents attended 6am Mass on Sundays and always stopped at the local bakery on their way home with a bag of warm, newly baked rolls. The warmth and wonderful rolls combined with the cooking my father did every Sunday morning represented love and family to me. The cooking smells in the house gave me a feeling of love and security all the years I was growing up. More than 15 people would come every Sunday for a large family meal; growing up in an Italian family meant that preparing food was a gesture of love. Of course, the baked bread was always my favorite part.  Moving to Gettysburg and tasting the wonderful breads that Marc made brought back these memories so vividly to me; I had not tasted bread this wonderful since my childhood.   As an active member of my new church stewardship programs, being part of Bakewell Farm is the link to bringing the whole community together. Through the various outreach programs, Bakewell Farm can help those less fortunate feel like they are part of the giving community by helping them to experience the fine artisan breads that they may otherwise, never had the opportunity to taste. I’m excited to share Marc’s amazing talent with our community. His passion and expertise will give so many people the gift of what love really tastes like.  Being invited to be on the Board of Bakewell Farm was such an honor, and being involved in this wonderful outreach is something I have always wanted to be a part of my life.

Carol Ann Cook-Board Member

Recently retired I have had many different roles in my career life. First, legal secretary in Washington, DC, mother raising 4 children, vocational school administrator, marketing and advertising sales executive for cable TV and lastly, senior associate, editing documents for KPMG. After retirement, I became certified as a doula, which is a birthing coach for women during pregnancy and childbirth.  

One of my favorite childhood memories is waking on Sunday morning to the smell of freshly baked rolls. My parents attended 6am Mass on Sundays and always stopped at the local bakery on their way home with a bag of warm, newly baked rolls. The warmth and wonderful rolls combined with the cooking my father did every Sunday morning represented love and family to me. The cooking smells in the house gave me a feeling of love and security all the years I was growing up. More than 15 people would come every Sunday for a large family meal; growing up in an Italian family meant that preparing food was a gesture of love. Of course, the baked bread was always my favorite part.

Moving to Gettysburg and tasting the wonderful breads that Marc made brought back these memories so vividly to me; I had not tasted bread this wonderful since my childhood. 

As an active member of my new church stewardship programs, being part of Bakewell Farm is the link to bringing the whole community together. Through the various outreach programs, Bakewell Farm can help those less fortunate feel like they are part of the giving community by helping them to experience the fine artisan breads that they may otherwise, never had the opportunity to taste. I’m excited to share Marc’s amazing talent with our community. His passion and expertise will give so many people the gift of what love really tastes like.

Being invited to be on the Board of Bakewell Farm was such an honor, and being involved in this wonderful outreach is something I have always wanted to be a part of my life.