About the Baker
Photo Credit: Abby Drey of the Centre Daily Times
All recipes, photographs and poetry, unless otherwise noted, are written and taken by me. If you would like to share anything created here, please feel free to email me to request permission. Thank you!
My name is Samantha (please call me Sam!) and I am a baker. I've lived and worked all over the country and finally ended up back home in the mountains of Pennsylvania where I belong. I met my husband Mark Ardry at a farmers' market while working for a local bakery and well...the rest is history as they say!
I attended culinary school in New York City and worked in a variety of kitchens, from small batch bakeries to large scale production situations. Now, I bake from the farm kitchen and sell goods alongside Mark and our family at markets.
This website, which was originally titled, "The Bacrey," began as a creative outlet for me where I shared stories and recipes. It quickly became an extension of the farm business; a little over two years later, I streamlined all of our social media presence to simply, "Ardry Farms." The farm connects everything, after all.
I sell primarily baked goods at market during the colder months and homemade popsicles during the warmer months. Much of what I make utilizes food sourced directly from our farm, like eggs, and from other local businesses in Centre County like Meyer Dairy, Way Fruit Farm & Snavely's Mill. I enjoy baking my twist on country classics: everything from pies, to breads and beyond.