While baking cookies during the pandemic has been a pastime many people have enjoyed this year, one Leesburg resident has taken her passion for cookies and turned it into a popular, fast-growing home-based business.
Throughout her life, Rachel Franco has had an interest in baking. After having her second child last year, she decided to take some time off from her job in education technology.
In the meantime, Franco and her family moved to Leesburg in May and she began to consider the possibilities for a next career. Baking cookies came to mind.
“Every year I give cookies as presents and it is something I like to do everyday,” she said.
Franco began by setting up her kitchen and completed the state Department of Health certification process. Next, she selected the name — Crumb and Clover Bake Shop. Over the summer, she began taking orders.
Since then, orders have reached capacity almost daily. The business has taken off very quickly, she said, mostly by word of mouth.
“I’m really happy — it has been great so far. I’m up early to start baking and sometimes there are late nights. But my parents live nearby so they are around to help. It’s nice to have family support,” she said.
Franco accepts online pre-orders by 11 a.m. daily for mix-and-match boxes of cookies with pick-up the following day.
Crumb and Clover’s unique seasonal flavors change monthly. In December a few of the six options include Santa’s sugar cookie, peppermint hot cocoa, eggnog chai, or reindeer treat, an oatmeal-based cookie with M&Ms, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and Cheez-Its.
“Chocolate chip continues to be very popular and it is always on the menu. The other flavors rotate and I like to add new flavors. It’s fun to play around with them. Another popular one was lemon cheesecake,” she said.
“It’s really great to see people try them and come back again and again. It’s really special to me that people are coming back for more,” she added.
Franco also plans to do more virtual tasting events such as one she did with Old Ox Brewery. She enjoys being a part of the community and contributing to local causes.
Orders may be picked up on her porch, providing safe, contactless delivery.
For more information, visit crumbandcloverbakeshop.com.