Varying stages of bread — from pans of rising dough to fully cooked loaves — covered the oversized kitchen island and breakfast nook at the Ewanchyna family’s house Saturday morning.
Zoe, 13, and her brother, 16-year-old Quinn, worked nearby at the dining room table organizing hundreds of cookies inside large plastic containers. Their dad, Kevin, labeled and boxed cooled loaves of bread — squash, multigrain, Italian cheese and zucchini garlic herb, to name a few.
“Tuck it in nice and tight,” their mom, Adrienne, instructed their brother, 13-year-old Bennett as he began rolling a loaf in what would be the last batch of bread for a family tradition that has spanned nine years.
Saturday marked the 10th annual — and final —Ewanchyna Bread and Cookie Sale for charity.
As they’ve done for years, the family sold their wares beneath a white tent near Hoover Elementary School on Saturday. Within two hours, they turned 1,200 cookies and nearly 200 loaves of homemade bread into $2,240 to be donated to this year’s charity, Linn-Benton Food Share.
The unique tradition began when Kevin and Adrienne’s twins were 4 and their oldest was 7. The kids wanted to earn money with a lemonade stand, but their mother, a chef, had something else in mind.
“We said, well, what can we do to make it less greedy? So we decided to do a bread and cookie sale (for charity),” she recalled.
The kids couldn’t help much in the beginning, and can barely remember that first year.
“I remember that Dad got little paint things and we helped with the signs,” Zoe said.
They sold the baked goods to their neighbors in a stand outside their house and made about $200. As demand grew, they increased their wares. The family estimates they spent $600 this year just for the ingredients.
“A little while after that (first year), our kids were like, so are we going to do that again?” Adrienne recalled. “Our kids are very much into tradition, so I kind of knew we were doing this for the long haul. Some of them have mentioned they might do it with their own kids.”
Each member of the Ewanchyna family found a niche in the annual tradition. Zoe is creative and has the best penmanship, so she designed the posterboard signs. Bennett, a fan of the reality show “Cake Boss,” donned a chef’s apron and baked bread with his mom. Quinn, at 16, is busy with extracurricular activities, but he baked cookies and skipped a cross country meet on Saturday to help with the sale. Their dad, Kevin, a doctor and the chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Services, worked the logistical side. He got the word out about the sale, helped set up the booth and performed the transactions.
The family decided this would be their final bake sale because the kids are growing older, getting busier and choosing their own volunteer opportunities.
“We knew it wouldn’t go on forever and so we thought, well, 10 is a nice round number,” Adrienne said. “We enjoy it; it’s fulfilling, but at some point it’s time to finish.”