Sometimes your hobby should be your job.

➼ A decade ago, Patty Strickler was not loving her job. But she knew what she did love: She loved to bake. So she and her husband put a baking kitchen in their basement and got it inspected, and she started working farmers markets.

At the Morgantown Farmers Market, you’ll almost always find a crowd browsing Patty’s Pastries’ U-shaped spread. She shows up with a van-load of fresh-baked treats: cookies, cakes, cupcakes, hand pies, pepperoni and sausage rolls, 12 kinds of bread, and more, plus coffee. Oh, and donuts—lots of donuts. Even so, you’ll have to get to the market pretty early if you want one. “I have been sold out within, like, 20 minutes,” Strickler laughs. “I could make more, but I just don’t have enough time.”

Some weeks, you’ll see Strickler’s humor tucked in among the pastries—like in the Father’s Day 2018 donut pictured above.

It’s been a rewarding change for Strickler. “I just love to bake,” she says, taking a moment to reflect on how soft bread dough is and how good it still feels in her hands, after all these years. “And I love farmers markets. This is probably the happiest I’ve been in all of my years of working different jobs.”

Find Patty’s Pastries at the Saturday morning Morgantown Farmers Markets this summer, 8:30–11 a.m., at 415 Spruce Street. “Patty’s Pastries” on Facebook

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Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.