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February 21, 2013

Home baking business gets zoning approval

DERRY — Cheryl Holbert has been baking bread for 30 years and now wants to share it with the community.

The Derry woman was granted a special exception to use her own kitchen at her 20 Berry Road home to bake breads to sell locally.

Zoning officials granted her request, 5-0, at a meeting Feb. 7.

“I’ve been baking a long time,” Holbert said. “My family members were bakers and in my early 20s I got very interested. I now share it with my kids.

Holbert said she is looking to expand her love of baking bread to be able to sell more items locally at farmers markets in the area, including Derry’s market.

“I’m also looking for more income on a small basis,” she said.

She will focus on artisan-style breads. She told officials she would have a small-scale operation, with no retail sales at her home, no large deliveries and no signs on the property.

There would be no employees working for Holbert as part of her bread business.

Holbert said many people have enjoyed her breads and encouraged her to try to make more to sell.

“I thought, why not?” she said. “It’s been a dream of mine.

As part of the special exception, Holbert will have to follow all town rules and regulations concerning food and preparation, and will undergo inspections as needed.

“She will be limited to the types of food products she can produce,” code enforcement officer Robert Mackey said.

If Holbert ever chooses to erect a sign at her home advertising her bread business, she will be restricted to only one and only a designated size, Mackey said.

Zoning Board Chairman Alan Virr said Holbert’s plan was a good one and he wished her well.

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