McCook - One big circle - that's how fourth-generation baker Matt Sehnert of McCook described the White Thumb Bakers Guild.
The White Thumb is a new enterprise bringing together four southwest Nebraska bakery businesses. Together they have begun marketing unique and freshly-baked products over the internet at WhiteThumbBakers.com.
It's a local business venture, sourcing local product that brings a taste of Nebraska and the community to anyone with an internet connection.
"Not many bakers can say that they actually know the farmers who grow the wheat and the millers who make the flour," Sehnert said. "But that's exactly what's happening here. We know the farmers. We know the miller. And the farmers and the miller are among our customers here in the community."
The four home-owned businesses that make up the White Thumb are Wauneta Roller Mills of Wauneta, Prairie Harvest of Trenton and HomeSpun and Sehnert's Bakery both located in McCook.
White Thumb Bakers Guild offers a number of assorted packages ranging from just under $30 to $80. Within each price range, there are four different product assortments, providing customers the opportunity to try a number of different White Thumb products.
The new website features videos on each of the Guild's members along with descriptions of the products and packages available.
At the heart of all White Thumb Bakers Guild products is high-quality, hard red wheat flour from Wauneta Roller Mills. The historic flour mill was established in 1925 and now stands as Nebraska's last independent, family-owned mill.
Ashley and Rogan Einspahr became the new owners last year and continue the mill's legacy as a provider of premium flour, milled in a time-honored fashion. Wauneta Roller Mills sells cracked wheat cereal and premium baking flour through the White Thumb Bakers Guild website.
Sehnert's Bakery in downtown McCook, Nebr. is owned and operated by fourth-generation baker Matt Sehnert. The family's baking lineage can be traced back to the 1521 in Germany.
Sehnert prepares Stollen bread, traditional German holiday bread, though the White Thumb website. Once the holiday season is over, he will offer a new line-up of specialty breads and other baked goods.
Valerie Rogers operates Prairie Harvest from the kitchen of her Blue Colonial Inn Bed & Breakfast near Trenton. Rogers creates Prairie Harvest granola bars made with her proprietary granola recipe, which includes cracked wheat cereal from Wauneta Roller Mills and sells four varieties of granola bars as well as packages of her granola cereal.
Sarah Risenhoover owns HomeSpun, a downtown McCook eatery. The menu at HomeSpun includes a variety of fresh-baked goods, many using Wauneta Roller Mills flour, some of her own creation and others family recipes created by her grandmother. As part of White Thumb, HomeSpun sells their 4th Generation Banana Bread and two types of cookies—coconut crisps and orange slice cookies.
To order items from the White Thumb Bakers Guild for gifts or personal enjoyment, visit the website at WhiteThumbBakers.com.