MUSKEGON, MI — Local restaurants and small businesses all over Michigan have needed to find ways to adapt to the new world in COVID-19.
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery in Hart is one of them. Not only is it partnering with a downtown Muskegon business to get is product out, but it’s offering some of its product for whatever its customers can pay.
Laughing Tree usually sells its baked goods through local community farmer markets, including the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Sweetwater Local Foods Market and Grand Haven Farmer’s Market.
Due to COVID-19 Farmer’s Markets have remained closed and delayed the opening of their season, resulting in businesses such as Laughing Tree to lose an avenue for sales.
To combat this, Laughing Tree adapted and converted its business to primarily online orders and local pick-up since March. It worked with the owners of The Cheese Lady in downtown Muskegon to set up a pick-up location in its parking lot.
Laughing Tree did not stop there. It also is offering “pay what you can” to locals in need of such baked goods, as bread for sustenance.
“We are bringing a few extra loaves and pastries to offer pay-what-you-can to people who need food inexpensively,” said Laughing Tree owner Hilde Muller. “We would love to get the word out about pay what you can for bread and pastries.”
Laughing Tree will be outside The Cheese Lady, 808 Terrace St., every Saturday (except for May 2) from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
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