It’s 5 a.m. on a dark, rainy November in the Rockwell-worthy hamlet of Warrenton, Va. Buttery yellow light shines through the garage-door windows of what was once an Esso gas station, refracting off the downpour. Though the day hasn’t begun for most people, Red Truck Bakery is already humming.
The cozy kitchen is rich with the aroma of maple syrup and toasting pecans, which dot the pumpkin muffins almost ready to come out of the oven. Just-baked croissants, scones and muffins cool on racks, while a batch of dough for sunflower wheat bread rises in a plastic bin. A rustic mix of classic country and vintage rock, including Johnny Cash and Neil Young, pours out of small speakers.
At the center worktable, Brian Noyes, his apron dusted with flour, rolls out pie crusts and sets them into pans.