Ben Dube, who purchased New England Bakery in south Sanford in December,  holds a tray with a small sampling of the baked goods he and another baker turn out daily for an array of commercial accounts. Recently, New England Bakery began delivering baked goods — particularly donuts — to residents in Sanford and Springvale on the weekends. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

Ben Dube, who purchased New England Bakery in south Sanford in December, holds a tray with a small sampling of the baked goods he and another baker turn out daily for an array of commercial accounts. Recently, New England Bakery began delivering baked goods — particularly donuts — to residents in Sanford and Springvale on the weekends. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

SANFORD — The warm, homey, heady scent of banana bread was in the air at New England Bakery on a Tuesday afternoon.

A sampling of the doughnuts owner Ben Dube makes at New England Bakery in south Sanford. COURTESY PHOTO/new England Bakery

A sampling of the doughnuts owner Ben Dube makes at New England Bakery in south Sanford. COURTESY PHOTO/new England Bakery

Later, at midnight or a little after, the process of making donuts was to begin, as it does most nights — donuts with intriguing names like  the Warren Buffet, which is a a Cherry Coke-flavored donut. Then there is the maple bacon variety, or peanut butter and pickles, an old fashioned buttermilk and wild Maine blueberry. For elegant occasions, folks might choose strawberry and champagne donuts, or lemon with lavender icing.

Ben Dube, owner of New England Bakery, makes his first residential donut delivery to Kim Parent on Saturday in Sanford. The bakery, which serves a number of commercial accounts, began delivery services to Sanford and Springvale residents on the Labor Day weekend. COURTESY PHOTO/New England Bakery

Ben Dube, owner of New England Bakery, makes his first residential donut delivery to Kim Parent on Saturday in Sanford. The bakery, which serves a number of commercial accounts, began delivery services to Sanford and Springvale residents on the Labor Day weekend. COURTESY PHOTO/New England Bakery

Ben Dube, 23, had been working at a bakery in south Sanford for several months when the opportunity arose for him to buy the business and so New England Bakery was born. The company, he said, supplies an array of commercial accounts in a number of locations with freshly-baked loaf breads like the banana variety, cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, pies, turnovers, and a molasses cookie made from an old, old recipe. And yes, there are homemade whoopie pies — this is Maine, after all.

Four people work at the bakery, supplying the commercial accounts with homemade baked goods and donuts.

The retail side of the business is open Fridays and Saturdays, and on a recent Saturday there was a line out the door, Ben’s wife Allie said. 

The couple is always looking for ways to expand, and figured another way to get their product into the hands — and tummies — of Sanford and Springvale residents was to deliver it.

Yes, delivered to your door on weekend mornings.

“You can get pizza and Chinese food delivered, but who delivers in the morning,” pointed out Allie Dube.

So New England Bakery put out the word, and customers have responded. Ben made the donuts and then began delivering to households this past Saturday morning.

“Seeing the customers’ face, how happy it makes people,” makes it all worthwhile, Ben said. 

“This is a great way to be a part of the community,” Allie said.

She pointed out that a lot of of family and friend gatherings happen around baked goods. People get together for coffee and donuts, or tea and cookies and the like.

 Ben had been a short order cook for several years before he ventured into business for himself, and at one point he owned a coffee shop in Dover, New Hampshire. These days, he enjoys baking — and creating some 600 flavors of donuts.

Folks in Sanford and Springvale interested in delivery must order by 2 p.m. Fridays at 358-6788 for the weekend deliveries. 

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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