My bread journey began in 2008 simply as a "OK, we'll see how this goes..." experiment. My first attempt was, honestly, an attempt to best my wife's loaf. (Baking bread can't be that hard, right?) Needless to say I immediately became the family bread baker. Successful though as my inaugural loaf was, I wasn't hooked....yet. When I was working multiple teaching jobs in Northern Virginia, I frequently visited my mother-in-law, Martha, as I traveled between jobs. Many of our conversations revolved around bread, as she often had dough rising on the counter or fresh bread coming out of the oven. We began to dive deeper - meticulous calculations and measuring, various types of grains, and natural fermentation. OK, now I was intrigued. Baking bread quickly found its way into my weekly schedule, and I found the process to be both invigorating and meditative. More importantly, I was baking bread that was wholesome and healthy; bread with simple ingredients and bold flavors. Each loaf of bread is a reflection of my family's values, which is why I take pride in using only organic and local ingredients, many of which come from farms here in Howard County, MD. It is my privilege to share my bread with you.
Many thanks to my wife, Amanda, and my two little baking apprentices, Isabelle and Zach, for their support...and appetites! Harvest Rise Bread Company is dedicated to my mother-in-law, Martha Walker, for instilling in me the love of baking bread.
Tim McKay, February 2014 Founder/Baker, Harvest Rise Bread Company
Believe it or not, baking bread is not my full time gig!
I'm a faculty member at Howard Community College where I teach percussion lessons and music theory, and am the director the Drummin' Dragons Summer Percussion Camp. As a freelance percussionist, I perform throughout the DC/Baltimore area, and I am the percussion coach of the Howard County High School Youth Orchestra program. When I'm not immersed in music or sticky dough, I enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors, going to the gym, cheering on my DC sports teams, gardening, and coaching my son's HCYP baseball team. I'm grateful my schedule allows me to dabble in all sorts of wonderful activities.