How sourdough saved a baker's buns and boosted business this year

Meredith Hodge- Wild Phyllis Bakery
Posted at 6:34 PM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 09:52:53-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — 2020 was a year of loss for many — baker Meredith Hodge was no exception.

At the beginning of the pandemic, she was furloughed from not one, but two jobs in the same week. Hodge says unemployment assistance was nowhere in sight, prompting her to go into survival mode.

That's when she grabbed her old friend Phyllis a.k.a. her sourdough starter and began baking.

Phyllis turned out to be Hodge's fresh start.

Hodge's friends heard about her new bread-making venture and turned in orders from all over.

Hodge, an experienced baker, quickly outgrew her home kitchen. During her growth, she found a friend who happens to be a real estate agent, entrepreneur, and eventual business partner.

Together, they found a commissary kitchen and named it "Wild Phyllis Bakery" — an homage to the thing that started it all — to continue their upward trajectory.

Hodge and her business partner Jeanne moved into their new location on West Fairview in December and continue to see great success.

Now, they're looking to pay it forward.

With "Feature Fridays" already giving local vendors an opportunity to advertise at their bakery, Hodge and Jeanne decided to host a special Mother's Day weekend event with those same vendors.

On May 7 and May 8, you can celebrate your loved one at Wild Phyllis Bakery with local vendors:

  • Bubbly Bar Boise
  • Graze Case
  • Sugar Cottage
  • Gypsy Crumbs
  • Magpie Foundry
  • Holly's Keeping It Real
  • Sun of a Beach
  • Jeanne Vixen Jewelry
  • Perspire Sauna
  • Bubbleworld
  • Idaho Glamping