Lester Farms Bakery closing doors on Friday

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Lester Farms Bakery has served as a local staple for over 30 years delighting the community and visitors with freshly-baked pastries, doughnuts, cookies and more. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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Loyal customers travel from far and near for Lester Farms Bakery items, including apple fritters, fresh-baked pies and its renowned maple bacon bar.

Last week, owners Stan and Sheri Lester announced in a social media post that after more than 30 years in business they are stepping away from the bakery.

“It is time for the donut fryer machine to take a much needed rest. Making hundreds of donuts daily gets tiring after a while,” the post said.

Lester Farms Bakery is the original farm-to-fork bakery in Yolo County. For three decades it have been the go-to bakery for freshly baked pies, doughnuts, cookies and all sorts of speciality bakery goods.

The Lesters’ announcement on their Facebook page rapidly collected memories from faithful friends and loyal longtime customers.

Employees were thanked by name and their contributions were credited by the Lesters for making Lester Farms Bakery “more than just a donut shop.”

A long list of customer memories have been shared on social media. Quite a few recalled growing up on Lester Farm doughnuts and pastries while others shared stories about buying wedding cakes from the bakery. One common theme in the posts is that the community is going to miss the bakery.

One post aptly captured the range of life and loyalty to the bakery, “Truly never been more heartbroken about a business closing! From wedding cake to donut addiction during pregnancy – you’ve been most wonderful! You will be missed.”

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When the COVID pandemic made outdoor seating an essential feature, the Lesters created outside seating using wood from crates from Lester Farms ranch. The backs of the tables featured signage from the ranch. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

Stan Lester said it was a bittersweet decision to close the bakery, but operating a seven day a week bakery business and their family farm was just becoming a bit too much. Although the Lesters are retiring from the bakery business, they will continue to operate their farm. Stan said they’ll now have more time to spend with their two grandchildren.

“Thirty years of making sweet deliciousness has taught us some important life lessons. The most important lesson in life is that life is better with sprinkles,” the post said.

The bakery’s last day of business will be Friday, Jan. 21, so there are still a few days remaining to say goodbye and share some tasty memories.

Due to staffing challenges, they have posted modified hours for the remainder of the week. They’ll open their doors at 6 a.m. and will close down at 12 p.m.

Jessica Carrion, the bakery manager, said they are not currently taking orders. She suggested those who want to get their hands on doughnuts arrive as close to opening as possible.

Carrion said she have been selling out of doughnuts quickly.

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