One of the most evocative sentences in the English language is “Give us this day our daily bread.” This line from a prayer may have been on Pierre Thibodeau’s mind (in French) in 1700. That year he bought a grindstone in Boston and built a grist mill around it in Shepody, the village he founded in 1698.
The grindstone, now on display in the Albert County Museum, must have played an important role in the nourishment of the people living on the shore of the Petitcodiac River. Although those folks were forcibly deported during the British/French Seven Years War, their descendants are all around us. They are forever linked to this grindstone and “Chipody” (another spelling of Shepody or Chipoudie).
All this tea and toast talk got me in the mood for an Oliver snack. What will it be? Do I want those chocolate croissants, pretzels, or that German pastry stuff I can’t spell or pronounce? No, I’m getting that creamy square with the local rhubarb.
I might get some pepper cheese and ‘Mom’s eggs’ (as Oliver labels eggs from his mother’s farm). I get Octoberfest sausage out of the freezer, a raspberry Jem’s Preserve, and an onion grown by Angela. It’s all I can carry.
The retail side of Oliver’s German Bakery is located at the Dieppe Farmers’ Market, and at his Old Church Place outlet on Main Street, Hillsborough. Baking orders and flour processing take place in a large modern facility behind the Hillsborough retail outlet. Loading and unloading docks and tractor storage are in the rear. Oliver’s farm and grain fields are ‘down country’ on the way to Riverside-Albert.
The Hillsborough outlet is open Tuesday and Thursday 7-2, Wednesday 7-6, Friday 7-8, and Saturday 9-2.
…I forgot to mention the cheese buns. I can’t talk about Oliver without mentioning the cheese buns.